- Ahmad Gumi has declared that he is not working for bandits
- The cleric has been speaking on issues related to bandits in recent times
- According to him, the federal government's shoot at sight order is not good because it hinders the rescue of captives
In what will surprise many Nigerians, Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has declared that he does not work for bandits.
The former Kaduna senator had visited him over the abduction of 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, and that of eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The cleric assured that arrangements were ongoing to secure the release of the students who have spent three weeks in captivity.
He said he is helping in making arrangement to secure the release of the kidnapped students and had even had a meeting with their parents.
“I showed them what the problem is and they went to visit government and returned. I am not a negotiator for bandits, we always ensured that government officials were present in our previous discussions with bandits in the forests, before the federal government’s shoot at sight order."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari noted that kidnapping is a lucrative trade in Nigeria. He is of the opinion that the country is economically attractive to the criminals in the Sahel region of Africa.
The governor disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
Also, Masari who is the chairman of the North-West Governors’ Forum insisted that the security situation in the country has improved since the emergence of the All Progressives Congress government (APC) in 2015.
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Legit.ng also reported that Governor Masari gave his opinion on the intervention of Ahmad Gumi on the banditry problem in the north and according to him, it was wrong.
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.