Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has slammed journalists in Nigeria and Nigerians usually for utilizing the phrase ‘criminals’ to explain bandits.
Sheikh Gumi has been assembly with bandits in several forests throughout states within the North, reportedly preaching to them and convincing them to drop their arms.
The cleric had additionally put out a number of calls to states and the Federal Governments to grant amnesty to the bandits, insisting that they don’t seem to be totally different from the Niger Delta militants.
Showing on Come up Tv on Thursday, the Islamic scholar accused the media of fuelling insecurity within the North by calling the bandits criminals.
The cleric mentioned Nigerians and the media should cease addressing bandits as criminals, however ought to study to handle them with good phrases.
In response to him, utilizing such phrases to explain the bandits will harden their hearts from surrendering their weapons and repenting of their sins.
“You’re emphasising on criminality, even the press are criminals too as a result of they’re placing oil into hearth,” Gumi mentioned.
“These individuals are listening to you, you shouldn’t deal with them as criminals if you’d like them to succumb.
“Youths are able to put down their weapons, now you’re calling them criminals. How would you like them to cooperate?
“So you need to present them they’re Nigerians, that they need to not damage kids, be law-abiding. That is the language we need to hear, the press ought to help us in getting the boys.
“You see once we discuss with them with good phrases, they’re able to take heed to us, put down their weapons however when the language is about criminality, killing them, then that is what we’ll hold having.
“Let me present you one thing, I don’t want you hurt however if you’re stopped by armed robbers on the street, you’ll not use the phrase felony on them.
“Inform them good issues in order that you’ll save your self. We try to avoid wasting the nation from these youths which have a false sense of authority. The language we use is essential.
“We’ve an issue now, proliferation of arms, and there are medicine and semi-illiterate inhabitants. How do you cope with it? By castigating them and abusing them within the media?”
Recall that Gumi had just lately described the bandits, who’re recognized for kidnapping, killing and maiming of harmless Nigerians as peaceable individuals and victims of circumstances who had been pressured into criminality.
The cleric had referred to as on the federal government to undertake a extra lenient method in dealing with bandits, arguing that attacking them brings out the ‘monster’ in them.
Whereas making a case for the criminals, the Islamic scholar additionally defined that whereas bandits are residents who acknowledge the federal government, Boko Haram terrorists are internationally related.