Influential Nigerian Islamic scholar, Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi has tabled three options before President Goodluck Jonathan – he should resign, be impeached or face the humiliation of defeat in the 2015 general elections.
In a statement titled ‘OBJ Like Pilate Has Washed His Hands’ in reaction to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to Mr. Jonathan, Gumi said, “For Nigerians to be safe, [Goodluck Ebele Jonathan] has three options; he either resigns or may be impeached as the dirt becomes unscrupulous or he is humiliated in a general election. This time around [the likelihood of] rigging a national election with such wanton scandals is almost nil’.
The outspoken cleric added: “What really matters most in life is today not yesterday nor tomorrow. For today, OBJ has done his best to admonish and warn the nation. I salute his courage and reverse! How many of our leaders can say what he said?”
On the activities of the terrorist group – Boko Haram and the possibility of cover-up by security agencies, the Islamic scholar recounted his close shave with death in August 2012.
According to him, “Two men were attempting to plant an IED (improvised explosive device) as I was on my way to the mosque when it accidentally went off, killing both. The two bodies were whisked away by the army preventing even the BBC and VOA Hausa reporters from filming the bodies. To date the bodies are hidden and the culprits are not identified publicly”.
Also in strengthening his position, Sheikh Gumi quoted copiously from an on-line commentator, who wrote: “[Henry] Okah admitted that Jonathan masterminded the bombing in Abuja for political ends. Why should it be farfetched that Jonathan plans to use snipers to murder democracy? The amazing thing is that [President Barack] Obama and the European Union [leaders] are aware of this plan and have kept quiet. We are on our own. To stop the looming bloodshed which Nigerians are likely to witness, Jonathan must be impeached now. Is it normal for someone going into elections to behave the way Jonathan is behaving? He has told anyone who cares to listen that he does not care. Would someone like that normally win an election? The National Assembly needs to be brave and impeach this armed robber now”.