Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric, complained that Nigeria took up to forty years to recover from the damage perpetrated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Islamic academic franc also described the 2019 general elections as the worst in Nigeria’s history.
He presented the request while hosting the general supervisor of the biblical ministry of evangelization Jos, and the coordinator of the initiative movement of a brighter and better Nigerian prophet, Isa El-Buba, at his residence in Kaduna on Thursday 19 September.
He also accused President Buhari of promoting the corruption he believed was fighting.
According to Sheik Gumi, ‘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?”
El-Buba in his reaction appreciated Gumi for always standing by the truth and called on all stakeholders to join hands in finding lasting solutions to the country’s problems.
“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,” El-Buba said.