- Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche has called on the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits and Boko Haram members
- Also, the Methodist Prelate also asked the FG to grant amnesty to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Chief Sunday Adeyemo
- He also suggested that the federal government should pay N25,000 monthly stipend to repentant bandits and Boko Haram members
His Eminence, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche, has called on the federal government to pay stipends to repentant bandits and terrorists, Punch Newspaper reports.
The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria gave the advice when he spoke with journalists in Abuja.
He also advised the government to grant amnesty to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; and Yoruba nationalist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.
He said this will help in ending the clamour for self-determination in southern Nigeria. He consequently proposed N25,000 stipend for repentant Boko Haram and bandits.
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He added that many prominent people in the country had the listening ears of the agitators, who the government could use to dialogue with the separatist champions.
Going further, he urged the FG not to underestimate the influence Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi could exert over the bandits in the North.
“If the government, rather than criticising Gumi, engages him positively, he can bring a solution. You don’t dismiss him and say he is a bad man. If he goes to the bush and they (bandits) have confidence in him, the government can dialogue with them.
“Let me tell you, these boys are being used by politicians. If you engage them and be paying them N25,000 monthly, they will not kidnap. All they want is food."
CAN makes stunning accusation, slams Sheikh Gumi over alleged links with bandits
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that amid the increasing cases of banditry, kidnapping, and terrorism in Nigeria, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) accused Sheikh Ahmed Gumi of emboldening bandits and their activities.
Imo state CAN chairman, Rev. Eches Divine Eches made the allegation in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Eches advised the government to caution the Islamic cleric whose utterances have made bandits more bold, thereby, promoting their acts in the region.
He claimed that the north may be consumed by insecurity since the government has not been sincere in checking the activities of bandits unleashing terror on the masses.
How to end banditry in the north
Meanwhile, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, an Islamic cleric, has suggested that the federal government can resolve the issue of banditry in the north.
Gumi stated that the government should begin by establishing a federal ministry of nomadic affairs.
According to him, the ministry should focus on addressing grievances and complaints from herders, and also take care of repentant insurgents.
Politicians worse than bandits
Meanwhile, the prominent Islamic scholar and preacher declared that some politicians are worse than bandits as more Nigerians had been killed by the effect of mismanagement of resources than banditry.
Gumi made this known in an opinion piece on his Facebook page titled, ‘War has never been a solution anywhere, anytime.
He said some Nigerians had died from cholera because of a lack of clean potable water.