Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a preferred Islamic cleric, has insisted that bandits are militants preventing for ethnic survival.
Gumi, who spoke on Channels Tv’s Politics on Monday, mentioned bandits are Nigerians that wish to defend themselves.
The Islamic instructor careworn that the one answer to finish banditry in Nigeria is thru dialogue and educating bandits Islam.
Talking about his expertise with the armed herders, Gumi mentioned: “It’s a fancy problem. It’s an ethnic warfare and the answer is dialogue and educating them Islam. To them, they’re speaking about an ethnic existence.”
He added: “They [bandits] are Nigerians. I hate to name them bandits. They’re militants preventing for ethnic survival.
“They wish to defend themselves. If there may be peace, you’ll not see things like banditry, kidnapping, amongst others.
“In case you are speaking about victims, they’ve extra victims on their facet than others. To them, they’re preventing a warfare of existence.
“You probably have seen them (herdsmen), you’ll uncover they don’t have anything like civilization apart from the weapons they’re carrying.
“We try to speak to them to drop their weapons. There are peace processes ongoing, and they’re able to put down their arms. They aren’t killing folks; they’re simply engaged in ethnic revenge.
“The Fulani herdsmen are victims of navy excesses. The armed herdsmen are kidnapping to earn money.”
Recall that Gumi had met with a number of the bandits, a state of affairs that led to claims of him negotiating with them.
The Islamic scholar, nevertheless, denied negotiating the discharge of these kidnapped.
Gumi had additionally advocated for amnesty for bandits.
Bandits are militants preventing for ethnic survival – Sheikh Gumi