Arewa group condemns Islamic cleric’s attack on Remi Tinubu

The Arewa Think Tank has condemned the inciting stance of yet to be identified Islamic cleric for calling on Muslims in the country to kill the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

An Islamic cleric had in a video, which had gone viral recently, described Senator Remi Tinubu as an infidel, urging his fellow Muslims to kill her. The inciting speech has attracted condemnations by most Nigerians, calling for identification and arrest of the cleric to face justice.

Chief convener of Arewa Think Tank, Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu, in a statement on Sunday described the cleric’s speech as grievous, calling on every well-meaning Nigerian to rise up and condemn it forthwith.

The group specifically charged northern leaders and elders to do public condemnation of the inciting statement by the cleric.

“We of the Arewa Think Tank want to condemn in totality what the Islamic cleric said about President Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi, calling for her death as an infidel. The Islamic cleric who expresses such views deviated from the core principles of Islam. Our religion teaches us to live peacefully with others.

“The Quran and Hadith lay emphasis on respect, tolerance, and kindness towards all individuals, regardless of their faith or background.

“Islam advocates for peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and understanding among diverse communities.

“We call on relevant security agencies to ensure that the Islamic cleric in question is brought to book for prosecution.

“We believe that every Nigerian has the right to criticise government of the day, but it becomes a criminal offence to call for the death of a national figure, including every other Nigerian on the basis of religious belief.

“The fact that the First Lady is an Assistant Pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has nothing to with her official position at the corridors of power because like any other Nigerian, she has the rights of association and worship.

“We are calling for the public prosecution of the cleric and wish to request that the said preacher should be restricted from preaching in Nigeria to serve as a deterrent to others.”

In a similar development, the Arewa Think Tank has cautioned the Director of Abuja School of Social and Political Thought, Dr. Sam Amadi over the abusive words used on the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon over comments on Biafra.

Gowon, who ruled Nigeria between 1966 and 1975, had recalled how Nigerians said he could not prosecute the civil war because he was too slow.

Addressing reporters after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu penultimate week, Gowon said, “If I can remember, when I was fighting the war I was told I was too slow and that probably Nigeria cannot make it and that we should now seek for discussion. Well, did we do it or not? They probably do not know the problem underground so that is where we are.”

Dr. Amadi had on his X handle described the comment of the former military Head of State on the Biafra war as disgraceful and lacking wisdom.

Amadi wrote: “The war was needless, infantile and evidence of lack of wisdom. It is actually a monumental failure that a nation went to war under his watch. To be proud of that failure is disgraceful.”

“If we hear anything again against our respected elder, we shall reply that person or group of persons in the language that they understand because those who plotted and started the Biafra war know themselves,” the statement warned.