Sheik Ahmad Gumi, Popular Islamic cleric, Kaduna state, has declared that bandits terrorising some states across the country are tired and want peace.
According reports that the Kaduna-based Islamic scholar said bandits were ready to lay down their arms if they get a genuine partnership from the government.
Gumi noted that bandits said they were pushed into banditry by circumstances, adding that he had met with about 80% of the bandits.
Gumi advises FG to engage bandits over insecurity
Meanwhile, Leakblast.com had previously reported that Gumi advised the federal government to support fragments of bandits who disintegrated from their groups as a way to end mass abductions of school pupils.
Gumi made the comment on Wednesday, June 3, when he spoke to The Punch via telephone concerning the recent abduction of 200 Islamic schoolchildren in Niger state.
He said many bandits were ready for a dialogue, adding that government could use them to fight the unrepentant ones.
FG reveals why Sheik Gumi has not been declared wanted
In a related report, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, stated that Ahmad Gumi has not been declared wanted because there is no evidence to suggest that the cleric is inciting violence against the federal government.
Mohammed made the statement on Wednesday, June 2, when he was responding to a question from journalists in Abuja.
He noted that the actions of Gumi cannot be compared to that of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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