The Nigerian Army has warned Sheikh Ahmad Gumi to stop aiding and assisting the nation’s enemies, including Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and others or it would not hesitate to apply appropriate legal authorities on him.
The army also stressed that it would as well not hesitate to apply Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 on any of its officers found wanting in any way.
Reacting to Gumi’s allegation on ARISE TV to the fact that its personnel are colluding with bandits who had been responsible for various crimes and atrocities in the country, the Director of the Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement today, June 23, said that Nigerian Army remained a symbol of national unity that had discharged its constitutional responsibilities in the most professional manner in line with global best practices.
He described the allegation by the scholar as not only sad and unfortunate but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.
The statement said that the Army will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, but that it will also not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are stipulated in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
It enjoined Opinion leaders to demonstrate patriotism in building peace, rather than being agents of destabilization and aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.