Nigeria is clocking 60 years of independence from colonial rule, but it’s been years of pains than gains. At least, that is the opinion shared by majority of Nigerians out there.
To Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, Nigeria as a country has been heading in the wrong direction because of leaders he likened to ‘drunkards’.
Gumi who has been a major critic of government prior to Buhari’s election as president in 2015, has been vocal against Buhari’s atrocious style of governance. He even went as far as saying even Adolf Hitler of Nazi German, performed better than the Buhari led-government.
He said unlike the Buhari administration who has spent years passing blames, “Adolf Hitler met Germany in utter disaster but, in a few years, Germany was producing machines to fight the world.”
The prominent Islamic cleric also said Buhari’s inability to effectively manage Nigeria’s diversities and peculiarities, has made the country more polarized than ever in its history. More troubling according to the cleric, is the use of politics and religion by political and spiritual leaders, to manipulate Nigerians for their personal gains.
He said, “Politics is responsible. Religion unites mankind. If you remove Buddhism from India and China, for instance, there will be chaos. If you remove Christianity, there will be chaos and if you remove Islam, there will be chaos. Religion solidifies. It holds mankind in big blocks so that they can respect each other. Religion is spiritual even though religious leaders exploit people.
“But there is an extent to which they can go because the scriptures are there. It is all about morality. It is all about good neighbourliness and compassion. Religion is never a problem but those who manipulate religion are. That is where the problem is. The division in the country is caused by the political leadership. We don’t have good leaders.
“We have leadership that still believes it is in opposition. It is structured to be opposing like critics. They are in power but they still behave as if they are in opposition. I recently heard the Vice President saying they could not tackle poverty because of the past government.
“You are in your fifth year of leadership yet you still blame somebody for not turning things around? Adolf Hitler met Germany in utter disaster but, in a few years, Germany was producing machines to fight the world. It is leadership. The economy is dependent on leadership. We don’t have that. There is crime everywhere. We are spending wrongly.”