Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed what he discussed with the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, who visited him at his residence in Kaduna.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that Obi alongside his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed visited the Islamic cleric in his official residence on Monday.
The visit was before the politicians proceeded to the venue of the event organised for presidential candidates by the Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum and other northern groups.
Speaking with Daily Trust , Gumi said he asked Obi few questions even though they were meeting for the first time in their lives.
“He (Obi) came on a courtesy call even though I was meeting him for the first time face-to-face, and so I appreciated his visit.
“I asked him very essential questions, but I told him he didn’t have to give me straight answers right away since I knew he was on his way to Arewa House where he would explain it better to the larger society to understand.
“I asked him about his stand on restructuring because Nigeria has been going through a restructuring from 1960 to date and how he could empower an unskilled nation.
“I also asked him how he could pacify agitations from the South East, North Central, South West, and North East. Again, I told him there are foreign interests in this country that are part of the polarisation of our politics. So how is he going to tackle it?
“He also agreed with me that truly there is foreign interest in this country, and then I wished him well,” he said.
Gumi also advised all the presidential candidates to make their campaigns issue-based.
The Kaduna-based cleric cautioned them against utterances that could further polarise the country.