Ahmad Gumi, a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, has noted that he thought former president, Goodluck Jonathan was not competent enough to handle the security situation in the country, until Muhammadu Buhari took over power.
Gumi, who was a vocal critic of Jonathan when he was in power, expressed concern over the escalating security situation in the north, as Boko Haram continue to kill people freely, while the Buhari administration continues to free so-called repentant terrorists captured by soldiers.
The preacher, who is now a more vocal critic of Buhari administration, stated that he had thought Jonathan was unable to end Nigeria’s security woes during his administration, but he is now convinced that Muhammadu is much worse.
He said the bIoodshed under Buhari is more than doubled of what occurred under Jonathan, saying he does not see any reason why Buhari should continue to rule the country.
He therefore advised the president to resign from his position.
He said: “I blamed Jonathan with bIood in his hand because Boko Haram were putting b*mbs everywhere and government was not doing enough.
“Anybody kiIIed under your regime, you are responsible for that bIood. If you have done your best, I can say yes, Allah can forgive you. But if you are relaxed, no; Allah will not forgive you. So it is the same thing now.
“The bIoodshed now is more than, combined together, the bIoodshed during Jonathan’s regime. So now you judge yourselves to be fair. Our religion is a religion of fairness.
“During Jonathan’s time when the bIood was flowing too much — mosques and churches and streets, I said let him resign because I could see he could not handle the bIood flow.
“He could not handle it. I said please resign with immediate effect because you cannot handle the kiIIing of innocent people.
“That is why I called for his resignation and government newspaper and others published it. Is that possible today?
“Now more bIood is shed from negligence, from sleeping, from laziness, from I-dont-care.
“If I am true to myself, as I called for the resignation of Jonathan, I should call for the resignation of President Buhari, and with immediate effect! And government paper should carried it also, if there is truth.
“As bad as Jonathan was, he was more democratic and had given people freedom to speak — even against him. You could see when he saw there was problem, he relinquished power, saying ‘I don’t want bIood to be shed.
“This man (Jonathan) build for us nine universities in the North, more than 150 Almajiri schools. Even this railway from Abuja to Kaduna. He has done a lot of things. But I was charging him because bIood; bIood is the most expensive thing in life.
“There was nothing I have not said (against Jonathan). He should be impeached, he should resign, he was divisive.
“So now I have one of two options. If I can not tell my own brother what I have told this man, then I should take an aeroplane from Abuja to Jonathan and say please forgive me for castigating you in public.
“I rather seek his apology or castigate the president too. One of the two, there is no three. We have been patient with this government. If it is another, wallahi it would have been more than this.
“People are dying, everyday. Yesterday somebody was kidnapped. People are suffering, and nobody can say it because they have taken over out throats because they don’t want to hear something bad against the man.
“Buhari is full of mistakes. Full of mistakes! He is human being like anybody. And I swear to God that there are many people here in the North that can perform better than him. Better!”