UNTOUCHABLE: Doubt, Disbelief hover around reported summoning of Sheikh Gumi by FG

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, the controversial Kaduna-based Islamic has been reportedly summoned by the Federal Government of Nigeria for questioning regarding his recent comments on the activities of bandits in Nigeria.

This development was disclosed by Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and Orientation, during a press briefing held at the State House in Abuja on Monday.

Sheikh Gumi, known for his controversial engagements with armed groups operating in the northern region, had criticized the government’s reliance on forceful or kinetic approaches to secure the release of kidnapping victims. Instead, he advocated for a more nuanced strategy that involves engaging with the bandits to understand their grievances and address the root causes of their actions.

“The high-handed approach to the matter is what is making it worse,” Sheikh Gumi remarked, expressing concern over the escalating violence perpetrated by the bandits. He emphasized the need for a comprehensive program akin to the Niger Delta amnesty initiative to incentivize the bandits to abandon violence and embrace peaceful means.

Highlighting the government’s knowledge of the bandits’ leaders, Sheikh Gumi pointed out the importance of understanding their foot soldiers to effectively combat their activities. He underscored the necessity of changing tactics and adopting a more empathetic approach to prevent further bloodshed and ensure the safety of innocent civilians.

The summoning of Sheikh Gumi for questioning reflects the government’s determination to address the complex challenges posed by insurgency and banditry in Nigeria. It signals a willingness to engage in dialogue and explore alternative solutions to achieve lasting peace and stability in the country.

However, many Nigerians have taken to their social media handles to doubt the possibility of summoning who they describe as ” Untouchable ” and says, the invitation may also be a window – dressing, done out of the need to fulfill all righteous, which may not yield anything positive than person gains

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