- Banditry will soon end in the north, according to Sheikh Ahmad Gumi
- The renowned Islamic cleric also expressed hope in farmer-herder crisis becoming history
- Gumi and his team are in Zamfara state to dialogue with repentant bandits alongside some top clerics
Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has expressed optimism in banditry and kidnapping becoming history in Zamfara state and the north.
Gumi gave this assurance on Monday, February 2, during his visit to Zamfara state on a dialogue session with bandits willing to drop their weapons.
The cleric said peace will find its way back into the north and Nigeria, adding that efforts have been intensified to also find a long-lasting peace to the farmer-herder crisis, TVC News reports.
Gumi and his team have been touring some northern states in a move that is believed will help the government in bringing an end to insurgency and banditry.
On his visit to Zamfara, he was received by the commissioner for security and other members of the state executive council.
Legit.ng observes that Gunmi, a mufassir (the chief preacher) at the Kaduna central mosque Sultan Bello, commands huge respect and influence in the north.
His team, in the company of other clerics, will visit Maradun Ruggah settlement established by Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration to address farmer-herder crises in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a coordinated effort towards ending the menace of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits, the new service chiefs travelled to Borno state.
The visit on Sunday, January 31, is the first movement of the new service chiefs to Borno which is the theatre of war against Boko Haram since their appointment. They were led by the chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor in what is believed will redefine the fight against the insurgents.
The service chiefs were received by Major General Farouq Yahaya, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abdul Khalifa, the general officer commanding of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army and other principal staff officers of the Nigerian military.