During an interview yesterday with the Arise TV, the revered Kaduna based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, made some assertion about the government of Nigeria and the Nigeria Army that they are in support of banditry in the North. He went further to state that bandits should be given amnesty just like the way late President Yaradua gave amnesty to the Niger Delta militants, that they were given employments to guard petroleum pipelines. So he is also proposing the same for the bandits, that they should be recruited to guard forests in Nigeria.
His interview was absurd to many Nigerians that were inquisitive whether he has any relationship with the bandits or has something to benefit from negotiating between the government and bandits, as he has been at the forefront to be regarded as a bandit spokesperson. It is not far fetch that Gumi has in the past served as negotiator between bandits and their victims guardians.
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It becomes confusing and difficult to believe that the Islamic cleric has no ties with the bandits who have caused a lot of havoc to lives and properties of people who in the North East and North West geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Actually, what baffles many Nigerians is that the way and manner the government has been silent about his issue and has not investigated his link to the bandits, at least to the best of my knowledge. These are the reasons why he should be investigated as soon as possible.
1. He knows where the bandits are living.
In one of the statements he made on Monday, 21st of June 2021, he said government has not done anything for the bandits and cited what happened between him and the Zamfara State Government by saying “Among the ten promises I had in person with the governor, how many were fulfilled? Just one, which is a borehole. After that, no other thing was done.”
How did he know where the bandits are living that he was able to provide borehole for them becomes a question that should be answered.
2. He has negotiated with the bandits on behalf of their victims and government.
What is the business of an Islamic Cleric with how bandits operate, his business should be to advise the bandits and not to be their mediator. He has mediated for Zamfara, Katsina, Niger and Kaduna States government and bandits. How comes the bandits trusted him so much that they hate others?
3. He always sympathizes with them.
Whenever, there is an all out war against the activities of the bandits in the North East and North West geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Sheikh Gumi always project himself as their sympathizers. Today during the interview with Arise TV he said the military are being harsh on the bandits and should consider the issues of fundamental human rights. To project is subterfuge further, he said the military are colluding with the bandits to perpetrate evil in the North East and North West geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
All these assertions by him call for a proper investigation by the government, most especially the DSS to know if what he is saying is the truth.