The Arewa Youths Consultative Discussion board, AYCF, on Saturday faulted these condemning Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, widespread Islamic cleric for interfacing with bandits.
AYCF Nationwide President, Yerima Shettima mentioned Gumi must be recommended and never condemned for his efforts in negotiating with bandits.
Talking with DAILY POST, Shettima mentioned Gumi’s interplay with bandits was his contribution to the well-being of the society.
Based on Shettima: “Gumi is making these efforts as a contribution to the wellbeing of the society. You can’t have a look at points alone and consider that weapons alone can remedy issues.
“That is nothing new, we’ve seen it occur within the Niger Delta and to that extent, the problem of amnesty got here to be. So these prepared to repent must be inspired and people who are felony minded must be handled decisively.
“So what Gumi is doing shouldn’t be totally different from what was obtained prior to now, actually he must be recommended not condemned. He must be recommended for his effort and on the similar time for taking the danger.
“I’m certain he isn’t doing it on his personal, he has the backing of some governors who really feel the burden shouldn’t be all on the middle (Federal Authorities), they need to additionally make efforts. So he’s doing his personal.
“It’s left for the federal authorities on the centre to deem it obligatory when the time involves do the needful.
“In any case, we all know who Gumi is, he’s any person who is extremely principled and we a lot respect him within the Northern a part of the nation, and you already know he can’t discover himself in something that might indict him. So to that extent, let’s encourage, commend him and see how far he can go.”
Gumi had met with some bandits within the North following the resurgence of banditry within the area.
Following their renewed actions, the controversial Islamic cleric had known as for blanket amnesty for bandits.
GumiHe had additionally claimed that the bandits really feel that “everyone seems to be towards them,” therefore their battle for survival.
Amid his interactions with bandits, some Nigerians and teams had known as for his arrest and prosecution.
The Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, had insisted that Gumi’s interplay with bandits was a treasonable offence.