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Army, Air Force are beneficiaries of insecurity, Sheikh Gumi alleges

 Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi, says the military forces in the country are not ‘cooperating’ with his efforts to end banditry and insurgency in the North-West region of Nigeria.

Sheikh Gumi, who also accused the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army of benefitting from the insurgency war, spoke on Thursday on Arise TV’s ‘News Night’ programme monitored by The Orange.

Photos of Sheikh Gumi with some bandits in Shinkafi and Gummi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State had surfaced online last week.

The cleric, who visited different bandits’ camps in Zamfara to spread the message of Islam and peace in order to rid the country of kidnappings and banditry, also canvassed for amnesty for repentant bandits.

According to him, the bandits are ready to drop their arms and “come back to the fold of Nigerians just for simple things” including potable water, schools, functional hospitals, amongst others.

He also said the bandits asked that they should not be arrested or “summarily executed” after surrendering their fire arms.

Sheikh Gumi said, “Nobody can justify criminality, no word can justify it. But IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra), never has the Nigerian Air Force bombed them. The Niger Delta (militants), never has the Nigerian Air Force bombed them. The complaint (of the bandits) is mostly against the military killing innocent people.

“The allegation that these people (bandits) say, they say, you military, you don’t want this conflict to end because of the billions of naira you claim for fighting insurgency. So, the military is not cooperating.

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“I praised the police and the Inspector General of Police. I give him credit for assisting us to go and meet these people but the military are not forthcoming, they are not cooperating, I don’t know why. The military is not encouraging matters at all because they are the beneficiaries of this insecurity but I want them to change.”

Continuing, the cleric said, “We are soliciting the government to listen and act fast, we want action, we want them to act fast and I promise you the next time we will sit here, if the government will agree, maybe we will be talking about how safe our forests are and there won’t be any kidnapping. We are pacifying these people because they have confidence now, they see that we are truthful, we don’t tell them lies and we don’t deceive (them).

“I am here to tell the military to cooperate. I have tried to meet the military commanders but they are not cooperating. Our problem now is the military, the Army and the Air Force, I want them to cooperate now since we have new service chiefs.”

The amnesty programme which involves deradicalisation of criminals and their reintegration into the society has been embraced by the Federal Government and some state governments.

For instance, the Federal Government granted amnesty to 600 repentant Boko Haram terrorists last year, a development that attracted nationwide outrage with civil society organisations censuring the government for pampering ruthless and bloodthirsty marauders who were supposed to be punished after committing unprintable crimes in Nigeria’s North-East States, especially in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also of late, faulted the proposition of Sheikh Gumi that the government grant amnesty to bandits like was done for militants in the Niger Delta region.

But Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said there was nothing wrong with granting amnesty to criminals if the purpose was to restore desired peace in affected areas.

Loveth Ogedegbe: Friday, 12 February 2021 at 2/12/2021 04:09:00 pm


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