Herdsmen Should be Granted Amnesty like Niger Delta Militants- Gumi

Notable Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has stated that Fulani herders learnt how to kidnap from NigerDelta militants.

Mr. Gumi is known for his strong support for amnesty for bandits who have been terrorising some parts of Northern Nigeria.

Gumi argues that the bandits turned to banditry in order to survive the negative effects of cattle rustling, as cattle rearing is their main source of livelihood.

He was speaking on AIT on Tuesday, when he made this claims, adding that only 10% of herdsmen were into banditry or other criminal activities.

“We didn’t take a different route of trying to solve this problem and that is why we are still here today. And when we say amnesty, we don’t mean that anyone proved to be involved in murder should go free as such,” Gumi said.

Gumi with Nasir El-Rufai and Atiku Abubakar.

“They learnt kidnapping from MEND. I do not see any difference. They were the first victims of rustling. Their cattle is their oil. What we are seeing now is more of an insurgency than banditry. I can say 10 percent of the herders are criminals not 90 percent, in the end, they took up weapons to protect themselves from extinction.”

He further said that if amnesty was given them, the remaining bad eggs would be easily identified.

Gumi having a talk with Atiku.

“They themselves can take care of the little remnants of criminals among themselves because they don’t want anybody to bring mayhem to them.”

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, 60, is an Islamic cleric, scholar and former military officer with the rank of captain in the Nigeria Defence Academy, he is the current Mufti and mufassir at the Kaduna central mosque Sultan Bello.

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