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FG cautions Gumi on provocative remarks, threatens arrest

Minister of Information Highlights Government’s Resolve Amid Controversial Comments by Islamic Scholar

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The Federal Government has issued a stern warning, asserting its commitment to hold individuals accountable for comments deemed provocative or reckless, underlining that “no one is above the law.”

Addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting, Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris emphasized the government’s stance, particularly in response to recent controversial remarks made by Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

Gumi had proposed dialogue with kidnappers responsible for the abduction of schoolchildren in Kaduna State, urging the President to engage in negotiations. Responding to questions regarding Gumi’s statements, Idris reiterated that the government would pursue individuals, including Gumi, if their remarks were deemed to jeopardize national security.

Acknowledging Gumi’s previous interactions with security agencies over his comments, Idris affirmed that no one could evade accountability for remarks affecting national security.

The Minister’s remarks come amidst ongoing efforts to address security challenges, including the recent spate of kidnappings targeting schoolchildren. Idris confirmed that no ransom was paid for the release of abducted pupils, commending the efforts of security services in securing their safe return.

Contrary to earlier reports, the Director of Defence Media Operations revealed that 137 pupils were rescued in Kaduna, not 287, through a joint military and local authorities’ operation in Zamfara State.

Idris expressed the government’s appreciation for the security agencies’ efforts in securing the release of the abducted children. He assured Nigerians of the government’s determination to combat criminal activities, promising that perpetrators would face justice.

While Idris addressed questions regarding the exact number of children kidnapped, he affirmed that all abducted victims had been safely reunited with their families, with no casualties reported.

As Nigeria grapples with security challenges, the government’s resolve to uphold law and order remains steadfast, underscoring the imperative of collective efforts to safeguard citizens’ lives and property.

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