A radical Moslem cleric and scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gunmi, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for ruining the nation’s economy, saying it will take the country 40 years to recover from the damage.
The cleric also flayed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubua for the dismal conduct of the 2019 General Elections, saying that it is the worst election ever conducted in the country.
The popular scholar made the assertions while hosting the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry Jos, and the Convener of the Movement of Initiative of a Brighter and Better Nigeria Prophet Isa El-Buba at his Kaduna residence on Thursday, where he said President Buhari rode into power on corruption which he claimed he was fighting.
According to Sheik Gunmi, Nigeria will require not less than 40 years to recover from the ”damage’ President Buhari has done to the economy.
“The last election was the worst ever. Election should never be rigged again. We invited the INEC, APC and PDP, and told them, ‘This is what we will do to stop rigging in 2015.’ When the election came, we realised we were handicapped because Nigerians were ignorant but they failed to realise that Nigerians could create an independent poll.
“In 2015, we saw that INEC was not ready for a flawless election. Then another government came with the mantra of change and anti-corruption. I expected the 2019 election to be neat, but I found it to be the worst I have ever witnessed.
“Many people came to me from all over the country; some came with videos and told me those millions of votes you see were coming from just a few hundreds.
“When the results were announced, they said, ‘We told you.’ So, what is the card reader meant for? How can you say you are fighting corruption and you are riding on corruption to come back and create economic damage that will take maybe 40 years to correct,” Gumi queried.
In his reaction, El-Buba hailed Sheikh Gumi for standing by the truth, pointing out that things are deteriorating in the North and it’s now time to salvage the region.
El-Buba said, “I really want to commend you for standing out to speak the truth, not just to the authorities, but also to the followers.
“With the situation of things in the country, we need to put our minds together and salvage the country. We cannot continue to leave the control of things in the hands of politicians, if not, it will continue like this.
“I have traversed the whole country and the North is worst. Things are degenerating the more, the poverty is unbearable.”