A Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar-Gumi, has warned President Goodluck Jonathan against contesting the 2015 presidency. Sheikh Gumi had also during the week written an open letter to former Head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, urging him not to contest the elections.
The cleric argued that Jonathan’s re-election bid could throw the entire nation into chaos and turmoil.
Gumi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, described the President as “dangerously dividing Nigeria along religious lines,” asking Jonathan to stop re-election bid.
He said it was unfortunate that the President’s stance on many issues had portray him as a sectional figure while the exalted office he occupies required a national approach.
He added that though with northern PDP followers, Jonathan could win the election, but said “you will also set the nation into another path of turmoil because the segment of the nation that rejects you does so because the people believe, rightly or wrongly, you are involved negatively in the Boko Haram saga.”
“So, what truly matters is the legacy that we will bequest our children and the next generation of Nigerians.
“We will not want a burnt country, with hundreds of thousands dead, maimed or displaced because of the thoughtlessness and recklessness of its stewardship.
“Nigeria today is a single railway line with two heavily loaded trains speeding towards each other in opposite direction.
“You’re the driver of the heavier train and please do not think that even a cart on the railway cannot derail you with great catastrophe to humanity.
“You need to come out of the cocoon and face the reality. Denial of the truth can never solve problems. Unfortunately, many people, including I, before God believe you broke some of your oath.”
The cleric noted that rather than the President to reason with some of his critics, he “appears more Ijaw than Nigerian. It’s seldom fathers will deceive their children. Yet you never listen and sadly by your recalcitrance, you are dangerously leading this nation to chaos and turmoil that only God knows where it will end.”
In an open letter to Buhari, posted on his Facebook account, Sheikh Gumi had warned the former General against contesting for the election. He urged Buhari to drop his ambition in favour of a younger candidate.