Nigerians bicker over Sheikh Gumi’s position with bandits

The renewed troubleshooting of famend Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahnad Gumi, has continued to trigger controversies amongst Nigerians, particularly on the social media platform, Twitter.

Nigerians have been first piqued when stories and pictures surfaced on-line of the assembly Gumi had with two units of bandits in forests in Zamfara State.

Within the photos that accompanied the stories, the Islamic cleric was seen with closely armed bandits, who gleefully advised him that they took up arms due to the sure injustices carried out to them by the Nigerian state.

The pictures took many aback, as they puzzled how a band of bandits can boldly show their criminality and why a revered cleric like Gumi would overtly affiliate with them.

Much more disgusting to many Nigerians, who’ve expressed their emotions on-line, is the continued advocacy the Sheikh has mounted since his first assembly with the bandits in Zamfara forests.

The cleric, in a number of interviews, had known as on the Federal Authorities to grant the bandits amnesty, insisting that the bandits are victims of injustices led to by the Nigerian state. In response to him, the armed bandits are responding to the killings of their individuals by the army and rustling of their cattle by rustlers, with out safety from the federal government.

The anger and discontent expressed by Nigerians on-line nonetheless took a brand new dimension stories and pictures appeared of the Sheikh Gumi’s assembly with bandits the alleged abductors of scholars and workers of Authorities Science Faculty (GSC), Kagara, Niger State, in obvious negotiation for the discharge of the abductees.

As anticipated, Nigerians took to social media, particularly Twitter to vent their anger and disapproval of what they termed as his romance with criminals, whereas others hailed him for volunteering to barter and safe the discharge of the victims.

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Under are among the reactions of Twitter:

@sadiqTade wrote: “Sheikh Gumi appears to know extra about bandits (terrorists) within the northern states judging along with his current engagements with these individuals. I don’t know if he’s doing the suitable factor or not however I really feel one thing isn’t affordable about the entire thing. Extra like encouraging Terrorism.

“On an everyday day, Buhar-led administration has carried out a lot to provide confidence to terrorists. Though these terrorists with refined weapons are being paraded as Bandits within the media possibly for politics. Nonetheless, the actual fact stays Buhari admin has emboldened these criminals.

“You may’t preserve negotiating with this harmful set and preserve anticipating optimistic change or one thing associated. Rewarding, negotiating or dialoguing with criminals would solely encourage potential criminals to dive into full criminality as a result of they’re conscious of the juicy rewards.”

@Dan99st wrote: “They kidnap and get compensated. They’re simply utilizing the lots to finance their agenda. Afterward, they get pardoned as a result of they’re “reformed”. All of that is mistaken.”

@Aitemej1 wrote: “From the presidency to the governors to the legislators to the sheiks/different Islamic students, to the standard rulers, to the non secular leaders and lots of elites within the north nothing is hidden in all these dramas.

Actually, many are key actors and are simply attempting to idiot Nigerians”

@Matru wrote: “Na intermediary enterprise Sheik dey do. Him dey accumulate him share after each transaction”

@NNWaebiem mentioned: “If they aren’t inspired to maintain kidnapping individuals, how would they implement the a lot wanted Northern Amnesty? Keep in mind, Federal Character is enshrined in our structure. I mentioned it and nothing will occur!”

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@emekakickoff mentioned: “Am so shocked. Once I listened to his name in a phone dialog visitor @RaypowerNetwork I used to be hummmmm, so daring along with his speak. One thing appears not proper in any respect.”

@Matrumery wrote: “He desires to be chopping intermediary cash when the federal government and bandit negotiate.. it’s enterprise for him. He collects his share as mediator”

@the_olanrewaju mentioned: “Steadiness me fast, how did he find the bandits? What intelligence does he have that the safety companies don’t? Questions begging for solutions.”

@Kingjoey mentioned: The Gumi’s model will breed extra insurgents. There’s nothing higher about it. Am starting to suspect that Boko Haram, Gumi’s ‘Kids’ are nonetheless the bandits. Kwatiniu, God will decide leaders of Boko Haram masquerading like Clerics of God

Regardless of the misgivings expressed by some Nigerians, others are of the view that the revered cleric is doing an incredible job by interfacing with the bandits.

The grandson of second Republic President, Bello Shagari, tweeting with the deal with @belshagy wrote: “As a substitute of being seen as a courageous cleric dealing with these criminals head to head, Sheikh Gumi is seen by those that misunderstood as both the northern curiosity, authorities agent and typically at the same time as legal himself.

“He’s only a volunteer engaged on his personal.

“Sure you may examine Sunday Igoho with Sheikh Gumi within the sense that they’re intervening.

“Nonetheless, whereas Sheikh is looking for peace, Sunday is looking for warfare.

“The sheikh is just not inciting anybody in contrast to Sunday overtly does.”

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