Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has mentioned bandits are militants stopping for ethnic survival.
The earlier captain throughout the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) spoke on Channels Television’s Politics For the time being on Monday.
Speaking about his experience with the armed herders, he talked about: “It is a sophisticated issue. It is an ethnic battle and the reply is dialogue and instructing them Islam. To them, they’re talking about an ethnic existence.”
Requested if the armed bandits are Nigerians, Gumi talked about: “They’re Nigerians. I hate to call them bandits. They’re militants stopping for ethnic survival.
“They should defend themselves. If there’s peace, you will not see issues like banditry, kidnapping amongst others.
“In case you’re talking about victims, they’ve additional victims on their facet than others. To them, they’re stopping a battle of existence.
“While you’ve received seen them (herdsmen), you will uncover they do not have something like civilization other than the weapons they’re carrying.
“We try to talk to them to drop their weapons. There are peace processes ongoing and so they’re capable of put down their arms. They are not killing of us; they’re merely engaged in ethnic revenge.
“The Fulani herdsmen are victims of navy excesses. The armed herdsmen are kidnapping to earn cash.”
He added: “When bandits go to a Fulani village, they go in groups and ransack the village merely to revenge. It is a kind of revenge. It is not resulting from criminality, it is ethnic revenge.”
When requested why it is troublesome for the navy intelligence to know the place the bandits are, the cleric talked about: “The navy is conscious of the place they’re. After they go in and start killing, the navy realised they’re making a monster. The Federal Authorities should go in and negotiate.”
Whereas clarifying that the armed herdsmen are normally not Boko Haram insurgents, he talked about: “I can say categorically that they are not Boko Haram nevertheless we have to be very cautious.
“The Boko Haram everyone knows are internationally associated nevertheless thus far, they are not Boko Haram; they’ve some components of Boko Haram and they also launched it to the federal authorities.
“They’re residents, they acknowledge the federal authorities and so they’re comfy now that Boko Haram is not going to be involved of their set off. We should all the time can be found now and gives them the whole teachings of Islam.”