- Amid the rise in Nigeria's security challenges, Sheik Ahmad Gumi met with ex-president Obasanjo
- In the few details made available about the closed-door meeting, Obasanjo and Gumi are not the only ones present
- The popular Islamic cleric as part of efforts to solve the security challenge has been meeting with various stakeholders
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, April 4, popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi behind closed doors in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
The Cable reports that Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo’s spokesman, confirming the meeting said the former president and Gumi were not the only people present.
According to Akinyemi, it is a stakeholders meeting held at Obasanjo's residence. Talks between both men may be connected to insecurity in Nigeria.
It was gathered that Gumi has been meeting with various stakeholders as part of efforts to solve the country's security issues.
The cleric has often called on the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits attacking residents across northern parts of the country.
A source who is on the entourage of the cleric present at the meeting confirmed to Leadership newspaper that the meeting went on a brief break at about 1.30 pm and continued at about 2 pm for discussions.
Speaking further, the source said Gumi chose to brief the former Nigerian president on his peace advocacy visits to the Fulani bandits with the hope that the federal government understands the situation better and adopt his suggestions to end the current insecurity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Gumi said the armed bandits terrorising the north may not drop their arms if they are not sure of their safety.
The cleric who has met with the bandits in a bid to persuade them to drop their criminal acts said this during a virtual event hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.
He insisted that the Nigerian government should dialogue with the bandits.
In his conversation with Daily Trust on Thursday, March 25, Gumi revealed that there is serious apprehension now among the bandits following the federal government's shoot-on-sight order.
The Muslim scholar said the criminals are very suspicious of anyone they come in contact with as they fear that such persons might be working for the government.