Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s comments regarding the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, have generated diverse reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Sheikh Gumi, in a video sermon posted on his official page, criticized Wike for receiving the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria in his office. He labeled Wike as a “satanic person” for meeting the Israeli ambassador and allegedly planning to collaborate with the Israelis on Abuja’s security issues. Gumi claimed that the FCT minister wants to turn Abuja into an extension of Tel Aviv and implied that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be stopped from serving for eight years.
In response, some Nigerians opposed Sheikh Gumi’s comments, especially his assertion that the FCT should be considered a Muslim state and that its minister should be a Muslim. They rejected the idea of religious qualifications for political roles and called for unity and respect for diversity.
Others, however, supported Sheikh Gumi’s criticisms of Nyesom Wike, referring to the former Rivers governor as a “corrupt Christian” who, in their view, was not fit to hold the position of FCT minister.
The comments and reactions highlight the complexities of religious and political discourse in Nigeria, where religion and identity often intersect with political disputes and discussions.