Governor of Bayelsa state, Duoye Diri has questioned the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari government to arrest leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, while giving a pass to renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, despite his alleged link to bandits.
Diri stated this on Tuesday, when he featured on a Channels TV programme, where he noted that Gumi had become somebody no one could touch, adding that it was very unfair.
The governor said; “Two things I have to say; first, they should give him (Nnamdi Kanu) a fair hearing so that the trial will not be done in a way that everyone (especially the Igbo) will see it as oppression.
“Second, as we talk about the IPOB, what about the boys (bandits and herdsmen) organising killings in the North and in the whole country? What of Sheik Gumi? He has become somebody no one can touch. That’s very unfair.”
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Gumi had recently warned the government against the killing of bandits, insisting that the criminals were victims too.
Last Tuesday, Nigeria’s Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, announced the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu and listed the allegations against him, saying he must continue his court trial in earnest.