Bigotry: Adamawa CAN chair blasts Gumi, urges FG to arrest him or release Kanu
The chairman of Adamawa State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Most Reverend Bishop Dami Mamza has lambasted foremost Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over divisive comments urging the federal government to arrest him or release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) who has been in government detention facilities for sometime.
While addressing his congregation at today’s Sunday mass at St. Theresa Catholic church, Yola, Mamza who is the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, said, the divisive comments of Gumi against Christians and Christianity can lead to sectarian unrest in the country.
He noted that the generalization of christians as enemies of Muslims is repugnant, ungodly and false adding that Muslims and Christians have been coexisting peacefully over the years urging the government not to allow the cleric to destroy the prevailing peaceful enterprise in the country.
“We will not allow few people to incite crisis in Nigeria. Nigeria belongs to all of us and can live anywhere and aspire to fulfill their dreams anywhere in the country,” he said.
Mamza who called Gumi as one of Nigeria’s enemies noted that it is unfortunate that despite his level of education and exposure, Gumi always find it expedient to hide under religion to spew hate and enmity amongst Nigerians.
He urged Nigerian Muslims not to allow few bigots amongst them to incite religious crisis in the land adding that majority of Nigerian Muslims are peace loving and will never hanker to divisive and hate messages being pushed forward by Gumi.
He urged the federal government to investigate the connection between Gumi and bandits and why he has so much sympathy for the outlaws.
He urged both christians and Muslims to maintain the cordial relationship that was in existence between them for decades adding that “I know most Nigerians will not listen to Gumi’s hate comments.”
While speaking on Gumi’s call for the sack of the minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, Mamza said the call was in bad taste as no religion or tribe has monopoly of any federal government portfolio adding that the position of FCT minister should not be the exclusive preserve of any religion or ethnic group.
Mamza called on all peace loving Muslims and Christians to continue to pursue interfaith dialogue in other to solidify understanding, mutual coexistence and harmony between adherents of the two major religions in the country.
He called on Nigerians to avoid religious leaders who preach hate and disunity as they do not meant well for the country adding that such divisive leaders could nestle amongst both Islam and Christianity to propagate their nefarious and divisive agenda. He said Nigeria at this time, needs upright religious leaders to move forward as a country.
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