FG Reveals Why It Invited Controversial Islamic Cleric, Gumi | READ DETAILS


FG Reveals Why It Invited Controversial Islamic Cleric, Gumi | READ DETAILS

Popular Kaduna based Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has been invited by the federal government for questioning over his utterances on the activities of bandits in the country.

Gumi’s invite was made known by the Minister for Information and Orientation, Mohammed Idris during a press briefing at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.

Recall the controversial cleric faulted the Federal Government on the continued use of force to secure the release of victims of kidnapping, which he said, has now turned the bandits into monsters.

Gumi said the government ought to go closer to the bandits and study them to provide them with better living conditions.

In Gumi’s words;

“These bandits are getting more vicious. Before they were not doing this. They are heading to softer targets and we can only attribute this to the kinetic approach.

“Now we are fighting bandits. They are anonymous. You cannot fight someone you don’t even know. We said let’s go in, let us know them, let’s map them out – know who they are and where they belong.

“All this intelligence information is virtually not there.

“The high-handed approach to the matter is what is making it worse. Now they are kidnapping children and threatening death, which they were not doing before.

“So, I think what to do is really go back to the drawing board and be truly non-kinetic.”

“You need a programme just like the Niger Delta, a programme which will bring them out of their forests, educating then, giving them healthcare, giving them peaceful life. This is how you entice people to abandon violence and militancy.

“But when you continue dropping bombs, they will find no sympathy and empathy for our children. This is it. An eye for an eye. This is what is happening. So, we have to change our tactics, we have to change our styles.

“The government, everybody knows their leader. In fact, there is a book, ‘I am a Bandit’, by one Murtala, an academic. He listed more than 160 bandit leaders. We know their leaders by their names but you don’t know their foot soldiers.

“You don’t know all of them. So, you just know their leaders. If you don’t know their foot soldiers, how can you be fighting? They can just come into the town as civilians and then go out.”