Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has explained that his unannounced visit to Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho’s hometown was not to spite anyone.
According to him, he only used the community as a route to Ilesha-Baruba town, Kwara State after he was invited to witness the turbaning of Ardo Hassan Yusuf as Sarkin Fulani.
He maintained that he had no ill intentions of making a stop by in the town as most people have misconstrued his actions.
Gumi made this revelation in an interview with Leadership in Kaduna.
Gumi said, “On my way to Ilesha-Baruba, Kwara State on the invitation of their emir to witness the turbaning of Ardo Hassan Yusuf as Sarkin Fulani, I saw a beautiful town with the name Igboho as we were passing through the town and I was told that it is Sunday Igboho’s town.
“On our way back to Abuja, we stopped on the road in Igboho town. It was a wonderful town, we saw churches and mosques and we were impressed. A professor who was with us said, ‘you see ordinary Nigerians are living in peace, it is the elite that are causing problems for Nigerians’. We didn’t enter Igboho town. There was a school signboard on the road; we stood there, rested and began our journey again to Abuja.
“I was surprised to see criticisms that I visited Igboho town and I asked why Nigerians should be fighting? I believe that some people are benefitting from the chaos going on in the country. Passing through Igboho town while we were going and coming back from Ilesha became an issue.
“I sincerely tender my apology to those who were offended because they misunderstood. Some people were told I visited Igboho town and there was nothing like that. I am apologising because I don’t want to offend anyone.
“As I told you, we didn’t enter the town, we were only passing through there to Ilesha on an invitation for turbaning, I didn’t even know there was a town called Igboho until I saw the name on a signboard when we were going to Ilesha.”