Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has been called out by the leader of Boko Haram terrorists, Abubakar Shekau for negotiating with bandits in the country.
Gumi had been in the new recently for negotiating with bandits who are involved in kidnapping and other criminal activities in the North.
Some Nigerians have condemned the cleric for negotiating with criminals, while others see it as a means of striking peace in country.
The Boko Haram leader in an audio that is 1 hour and 55 minutes long, obtained by Daily Nigerian, said Gumi was among those who deliberately transgress.
“Oh Ya Ahmad Gumi! Oh Ahmad Gumi, now you are wandering around, addressing Fulanis, and thinking you are serving God.”
“Just because you are called doctor or Sheikh? Woe unto you, Ahmad Gumi,” he said.
Quoting chapter 7:175 of the Qur’an, the terrorists leader said of Gumi: “And relate to them O Prophet the story of the one to whom We gave Our signs, but he abandoned them, so Satan took hold of him, and he became a deviant.”
Shekau also condemned the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, who is a Muslim cleric, for joining a government under democratic setting.
“To you (Gumi) and others like Pantami, who is even a minister, huh? And still a cleric? Ask yourself! Oh clerics who savour the taste of power seasonings, ask yourselves,” he said.
“You all know democracy is the ideology of Jews and Christians, why didn’t you leave government?
“Despite knowing the truth, you are using the Qur’an to preach democracy. Why this?”