- Dr Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has asked the federal government to pay ransom for the freedom of the 62 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train
- According to Gumi, the abductors should be given what they want and afterwards, the government can mete deal with them
- The renowned scholar gave this advice while reacting to the huge amount of money politicians are dishing out for presidential and nomination forms ahead of the 2023 elections
Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has advised the federal government to pay ransom to the terrorists holding the 62 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train.
Meanwhile, terrorists had on March 28 attacked the train, killing nine passengers and abducted 62 others.
Gumi's position revealed
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“Just imagine now, people are paying up to N25 billion to buy forms instead of using the money to pay ransom for poor Nigerians who cannot pay. Whatever they want, give it to them, so that they release these people and when they release them then, you have the liberty.
“You have the opportunity to deal with them the way they deserve because when they have captives, you have to tread with caution so that their captives will not be injured.”
Kaduna CAN chairman speaks
In his speech, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna state, Reverend Joseph Hayab, challenged leaders to do the right thing and ensure the safe return of the victims.
The president of JMA, Hajiya Rabi Musa Saulawa, disclosed the association decided to organise special prayers to pray for the safe return of the victims, and the country in general.
The news outlet learnt that the prayer session was attended by Muslim and Christian leaders.
‘Amaechi must go’: Families of kidnapped Kaduna train passengers call for minister’s dismissal
Aggrieved families of the 70 passengers kidnapped by suspected bandits in an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on Monday, March 28 have called for the dismissal of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
It was reported that the families made this call during a briefing with pressmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital with families chanting “Amaechi must go”.
The families of the victims also criticized the minister for his campaign escapades stating that he ought to be working on strategies to help rescue the victims.
Sheikh Gumi says he will no longer mediate for bandits, gives reason
Meanwhile, Gumi had said he has stopped mediating with armed bandits following their declaration as terrorists by the court.
Gumi said this in an exclusive interview in Kaduna on Wednesday, December 8.
With the declaration of the bandits as terrorists, Gumi said it will be dangerous for him to continue to engage the bandits.
“Since the federal government has declared them terrorists, I don’t have anything to do with them anymore."