- Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has given his verdict after meeting with bandits in Zamfara state
- The respected Islamic cleric says the crisis in the state is not longer banditry but a full-blown insurgency
- Gumi had earlier visited bandits in Kaduna state in his quest to find lasting peace to the crisis
Renowned Islamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmed Mahmoud Gumi has narrated his experience during his recent trip to the bandits camp in Zamfara state.
Photos of the Islamic scholar in the camp of the bandits recently surfaced on the internet, sparking reactions across the country.
The well-respected cleric said he visited the stronghold of the attackers, appealing to them to accept peace.
Briefing Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state on Thursday, February 4 after his visit, the cleric said the bandits have turned into insurgents.
Daily Trust quoted him saying:
“In most of the bandits and Fulani camps we have visited in Zamfara, I come to understand that what is happening in the state is nothing but an insurgency.”
Recall that Sheikh Gumi had earlier expressed optimism in banditry and kidnapping becoming history in Zamfara state and the north.
The cleric said peace will find its way back into the north and Nigeria, adding that efforts have also been intensified to also find a long-lasting peace to the farmer-herder crisis.
In a related development, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has told the Fulani community in southern Nigeria to return to the north if they are forcefully ejected from their host communities.
The NEF also called on the northern governors to be ready to receive the Fulani community who would return as a result of forceful ejection.
The demand was contained in a recent statement issued by the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
Meanwhile, Senator Francis Fadahunsi has declared that the unhindered cattle movement in Nigeria is responsible for the herders/farmers crisis in the country.
The senator who represents Osun West Senatorial District in the National Assembly made the comment while speaking to selected journalists in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The lawmaker also declared his support for those calling for legislation that would stop the movement of cattle across the country.