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heikh Gumi Biography, Age, Networth, Education, Spouse
Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, popularly known as Sheikh Gumi, is an Islamic scholar and a former military officer.
He currently serves as the Sultan Bello Central Mosque’s Mufti and mufassir in Kaduna.
Sheikh Gumi was born on October 1, 1960. He is Sheikh Abubakar Gumi’s eldest child. He is a Kano State native. His father, the first Grand Khadi of the former Northern Region, comes from a line of Islamic intellectuals.
His father, particularly under Sir Ahmadu Bello, played a significant role in the Islamization of Northern Nigeria.
Ahmad Gumi received his senior secondary education at Sardauna Memorial College (SMC), Kaduna. He attended Ahmadu Bello University before enlisting in the Nigerian Defense Academy after graduation. Gumi left the military at the rank of Captain and moved to Umm al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia to continue his Islamic studies there.
He studied Islamic Jurisprudence and Tafsir at the university. He also worked alongside Saud Al-Shuraim and Abdur-Rahman As-Sudais. He also delivers the yearly Tafseer for Ramadan at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Unguwan Sarki, Kaduna.
He was a medical officer for the Nigerian Army Medical Corps (NAMC) and retired as a captain
Ahmad Gumi used to reach out to various bandits’ camps and hideouts, pleading with them to submit to Allah’s will and stop abducting or killing people for ransom because Allah would forgive them if they repented. This was done to negotiate with kidnappers to drop their arms for a safe Nigeria.
This mission began in February when Ahmad Gumi participated in a peace-making mission in Zamfara. Since then, he has made numerous preaching trips to the states of Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger, pleading with bandits to stop attacking civilians.
When he learned that 27 students from Greenfield University had been kidnapped, he helped to secure their release after learning that the students were in critical condition.
He has repeatedly urged kidnappers to lay down their weapons and submit to Allah’s will, in addition to abiding by the Nigerian Constitution. He has also urged the Nigerian government to pardon and grant amnesty so that Nigerians can live in peace and harmony without experiencing tense situations.
Sheikh Gumi’s net worth is estimated at $1 million.
Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi is the oldest child of Maryam Gumi and the late Shaykh Abubakar Gumi. He has a large family.
Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s father, was born on November 5, 1922, in the hamlet of Gummi, which is now a local government area in Zamfara State.
The father of Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi served as Gummi’s Alkali (judge) and was an Islamic scholar.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s decision to open a special school in the Kaduna forests has continued to spark controversy.
The retired army officer had sparked a new round of controversy by bringing the top figures in Islam to a forest in Kogi State with the promise of treating herdsmen there.
Gumi made a grand entrance with the top Northern Islamic devotees travelling to the Kogi forest by train, unlike his attendance at the launching of a special school for bandits in Kaduna, where he went with a small group of followers.
Sheikh Gumi led the delegation to the Kogi State woodlands, where they provided medical care to Fulani herdsmen and their families.
He has urged “constructive engagement” with the bandits, who many people assume to be largely herdsmen, and is one of the leading proponents of a non-kinetic strategy to end the rampant banditry and terrorist crisis facing Nigeria.
He has argued for granting amnesty or pardons for terrorists and bandits who are actively killing, maiming, destroying, and demanding ransom from their kidnap victims. He does not seem perturbed by complaints about his strategy for ending Nigeria’s insecurity crisis.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a contentious Islamic cleric, had also stated that although bandits engage in terrorist activities, they should not be classified as terrorists. According to Daily Trust, Gumi said efforts to label bandits as terrorists were motivated by bigotry and prejudice.
He added that it is regrettable that many people refer to bandits as terrorists when, in his opinion, this is not accurate.
Gumi continued by stating that there must be an end to the extrajudicial killing of Nigerians of Fulani descent in the country as banditry and kidnappings are becoming more widespread. He claimed that a Fulani man might currently be detained in Nigeria based on a mere suspicion of being a criminal, costing him his cattle and other livestock.
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