- Sheik Gumi has reacted to the killing of three students of Greenfield university by kidnappers
- Gumi lamented that the government has refused to negotiate with the bandits
- The cleric, however, urged the federal government to heed his advice on the bandits
The Islamic cleric and frontline mediator in the battle to end the scourge of banditry in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged the federal government to take his advice and grant amnesty to bandits for them to lay down their arms.
Legit.ng gathered that Gumi told the newspaper on Friday, April 15, that the incident had underscored his position that bandits were now at war with the nation.
The cleric said he was helpless in the case of Kaduna state because the state government had not shown any readiness to negotiate with the bandits.
Gumi, who is from Kaduna state, said the only way he could intervene as he did in Niger and Katsina states was for El-Rufai to reconsider his stance against negotiation with bandits.
“The situation is becoming dire and I need the government’s support before I can do anything, and I think there is a great misunderstanding and poor reading of the situation on the ground. So, I’m really helpless; I don’t know what actually I can do as of now.”
Gumi described the killing of the Greenfield students as devastating, unfortunate and uncalled for, alleging that ethnic war is going on in the country.
The cleric said:
“Honestly speaking, it is very unfortunate. There is an ethnic war going on, and I have been saying it. It is a war but if we don’t want to accept that it is a war, we will continue to suffer."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that armed bandits laid siege in Zamfara state as over 100 citizens were killed by the rampaging gunmen within the week.
It was reported that the killings became too frequent, prompting a reaction from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Source: Legit Nigeria