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Mixed Reactions Trail Peter Obi’s Visit To Bandits’ Negotiator, Sheikh Gumi

Nigerians have expressed mixed opinions over the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed’s “courtesy visit” to popular Islamic cleric and bandits’ negotiator, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, at his official residence in Kaduna State.

Obi had on Monday afternoon written on his Twitter account that “Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed and I stopped by for a courtesy call on Sheikh Gumi at his official residence in Kaduna.”

The tweet was attached with photos of himself, his running mate with Gumi and other Northerners in the midst of a crowd in Gumi’s residence.

Similarly, the Peter Obi Support Network tweeted with the same photos saying, “HE @PeterObi pays a courtesy visit with his VP Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed to Sheikh Gumi while visiting Kaduna.

“A lot of work is being done to reach out to as many people as possible in this drive to build a new Nigeria that will be beneficial to all of us.”

Reacting to the visit, some Twitter users described it as a smart move to unify Nigerians from different religious groups and ethnicity while some condemned it outrightly.

A Twitter user, @Qdpaper2 said, “Peter Obi the political beggar went to beg Bandit spokesman Gumi in Kaduna for Support. Well done Youth president.”

Another user, @MrOdanz, sarcastically said, “Sheikh Gumi has joined General Eneche, Doyin Okupe, TY Danjuma, IBB and the others who want to rescue Nigeria from the corrupt old order created by PDP and APC. Nigeria shall be great.”

But @Chiditidy1 quickly asked, “So he can’t stop by to greet again?” a question Which reduced the tension for a while.

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