- Popular cleric Gumi has been blamed over his approach towards the issue of banditry
- According to Katsina governor, Aminu Masari, the cleric should have preached to the criminals
- Gumi has been at the forefront of those advocating for dialogue between the government and bandits
The intervention of Ahmad Gumi on the banditry problem in the north is wrong according to Governor Aminu Masari who disclosed this during an interview on a Channels TV programme.
According to the governor of Katsina state, the cleric should be preaching to the criminals to stop their evil ways and not advocating for them.
He added that they need spiritual education more than anything else.
“I don’t [support Gumi] because he is not doing it rightly. I expect him first to preach to them the implication of killing innocent people, abducting people, and stealing, and the consequences. That is what I expect a clergyman, first and foremost, to do.”
Going further, the governor said that bandits are different from Boko Haram even though they share violence similarities.
“The current banditry and kidnapping that is going on now are not the style of Boko Haram but some elements of Boko Haram that have been in the forest for a very long time."
Earlier, the governor insisted that kidnapping has become a lucrative trade in Nigeria.
Masari who is the chairman of the North-West Governors’ Forum, however, said that the security situation in the country has improved since the emergence of the All Progressives Congress government (APC) in 2015.
He argued that before APC came on board, the situation was serious because people could not do basic things like going to church or go on a journey without multiple checkpoints.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Isiaka Amao, has expressed confidence in the ability of the military to defeat bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals causing trouble in the country.
Amao during his visit to the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State on Wednesday, March 17, assured Nigerians that the military would not allow criminals to operate in Nigeria,
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