A renowned Islamic scholar, Ahmed Muhammad Gumi has advised the federal and state governments to grant amnesty to repentant bandits, stating that there will be severe bloodshed and merciless killings if the administration and security agencies continue to fight the bandits on operation fire-for-fire.
Addressing newsmen at the chamber of the Government House in Gusau, the state capital, sheikh Gumi revealed that the late President Musa Yar’Adua awarded amnesty to militants in the South-South zone and went the extra mile to create the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs which sheikh Gumi said calmed down the tensed situation.
“Negotiations remain the best option for conflict resolution. Negotiations settled the grievances of the militants in the South-South so president Buhari should borrow from that ideology to end terror attacks in his own government,” sheikh Gumi added.
Sheikh Gumi went further to state almost all the heinous crimes in Nigeria are being committed by the jobless youths who have no defined means of living for several years, pointing out that a hungry man is an angry man.
The Islamic scholar who visited some of the bandit’s dens and hideouts in Zamfara state said that the Fulani hardened bandits tabled some of their cases which they said have not been addressed by the state government. He said that the Fulani unrepentant bandits charged for justice in dealing with the Fulani people, saying that both the security agencies and the condemned Yansakai members have classified the Fulani people as third-class citizens in a country that belongs to everybody
Sheikh Gumi noted that the same Fulani unrepentant bandits also complained that during their meetings with the state government on peace accord and reconciliation, all the promises that were made by the state government did not reach the Fulani herdsmen as the kind gestures were being hijacked by the middlemen between the Fulani herdsmen and the state government.
“In some of our communities, there is no potable drinking water, no access road, no good health care delivery service or any form of social facility and until the state government addresses these problems, we will not embrace the peace accord and reconciliation” the unrepentant bandits lamented.
The Islamic scholar, therefore, called on the state government to as a matter of urgency ensure judicious distribution of any right that belongs to the Fulani people in the state, stressing that hijacking of their rights will aggravate the already existing tension in the state.
“There is nowhere that peace can reign without justice and if there is justice, the federal and state governments would not have been wasting huge amount of money to quell banditry in the state”