Kaduna based Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi recently defended the past atrocities of bandits on the ugly situation of the country. He added that the dire situation of the country pushed them to crime and they now wanted peace.
The controversial Islamic cleric who achieved notoriety for negotiating for bandits has said the bandits have decided to call it quits and embrace a peaceful life.
When asked by the Daily Post if bandits were tired, Gumi said: “Yes, it’s very true because bandits are saying they were pushed into banditry by circumstances.
“If they have a genuine partner, they are ready to stop it; they are tired and want peace.
“As regards their ongoing activities, you realize that even when soldiers are fighting and a ceasefire is declared, it takes a long time before they stop fighting.
“We are able to see about 80 per cent of the big ones and then some small splinter groups which we could not meet because due to circumstances as we cannot go into the bush again.
“But generally, they are ready for peace, in fact, we have gathered their representatives, discussed with them, and they said they are ready but need a genuine partner. Politics is the cause of this issue.”
With the previous atrocities of the set, do you think the government should accept the olive branch they are extending now?