- Ahmad Gumi is wrong to demand amnesty and cash for bandits according to a middle belt group
- Recall that the Islamic cleric had called on the federal government to use taxpayers’ money to meet the demands of bandits
- Going further, the forum also questioned Gumi's reason for visiting the criminals
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has faulted a prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, over his statement on bandits. He had called on the federal government to deploy budget for security in addressing their demands.
According to the national publicity secretary of the MBF, Dr Isuwa Dogo, it is strange for FG to use tax money on people who have been killing Nigerians.
He also questioned Gumi's motive in visiting the bandits and the name change he requested for them, The Punch reports.
“There is no doubt about who they are because all their actions portray them as bandits and not insurgents. It is also not enough for him (Gumi) to say that security votes should be channelled towards addressing the demands of those who have been killing the people. Let him tell Nigerians what those demands are to justify the use of taxpayers’ money to address them.
“Let him also tell Nigerians the people he actually visited in the forest and the kind of discussion he had with them."
Recall Legit.ng reported that Gumi made a comparison between Boko Haram terrorists and those agitating for Biafra and Oduduwa Republics.
The Islamic cleric said they are all the same. According to him, Biafra is a nuisance just like Boko Haram.
He described those agitating for the country to be divided as “miscreants” who are only after their selfish interests.
Regarded as one of the most fearless and perhaps unconventional Islamic clerics, Sheik Gumi had a session with some bandits on Tuesday, February 2, in Zamfara forests.
The fearless scholar is famous for going into the deep recesses of forests to dialogue with the armed criminals in a bid to hear their grievances and possibly fashion out a workable method of stopping the bloodletting.
Legit.ng reported that photos capturing the moment Gumi was having talks with the gunmen were shared online.