Sheikh Gumi disown bandits

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Controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says he has quit mediating for armed bandits following their declaration as terrorists by the court

Sheikh Gumi

“I will not like to expose myself to danger again and to put a spotlight on myself unnecessarily,” the cleric told Premium Times in Kaduna on Wednesday.

“I have tried all I could do to admonish the nation on the best way to do it, but it seems my advice has fell (fallen) on deaf ears.”

The cleric in previous media interviews, had advised the federal government to grant amnesty to the bandits, and to establish a ‘federal ministry of nomadic affairs’ which will address the grievances and complaints of Fulani cattle herders.

But from now, Mr Gumi said he would be a “spectator in the crisis”.

“I have endangered my life for peace by going to the forest and engaged the bandits. Among them there are rock bandits, they are dangerous, armed ready to fire.

“It is dangerous, still we risked our lives to see that we bring peace to this nation. Because somebody has to take that risk and we took it and thanked God we came out safely and knowledgeable, knowing how to come about this issue.”

Mr Gumi said “Maybe in the future when the political situation changes for better, we can do it again so that there will be peace, harmony and tranquility in the country.


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