An Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad A. Gumi on Thursday has demanded for an unreserved apology from Arise Television, and Nigerian Army over misrepresentation of interview granted him by the medium
In a statement he personally signed on Thursday morning, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi explained that,
“It is mischievous to deliberately misrepresent peoples’ statements by any standard. This is not the first time I am a victim of this malice.
“I was approached by some honorable Aids seeking me to have a live interview with Arise Tv, which I accepted. I was not oblivious about their attempts to change my narrative during the interview and even in previous ones, and present me in a bad image despite attempts to clarify myself in explicit language.”
“However, the press release by the Nigerian Army Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations on 23 June 2021 thus: “The sweeping allegation peddled by the scholar is not only sad and unfortunate, but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country” is most unfortunate and unbecoming of such a prestigious institution of our national defense to be drawn wittingly into this dirty war of regional, tribal and religious conflicts of interests which the press is not also absolved of. I am waiting for the officer gentleman to point to me in the said interview where I made ‘the sweeping allegation’.
“My statement was categorical about the bad elements in the security apparatus that were authentically reported as aiding some bandits in the National dailies. The gentleman officer has also confessed: ‘While the NA will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold’. The statement said
The statement which was personally signed by A Ahmad Gumi further noted that,
“Given the aforementioned, and in the interest of national cohesion, I am hereby demanding an unreserved apology from Arise Tv and the Nigerian Army Director Army Public Relations for misconstruing my statement with the apparent intention to tarnish my reputation.”