Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said that bandits take lives accidentally and mostly as a form of retaliation for the death of one of their own.
Gumi was speaking on a Channels Television programme on monday when he said this.
The Islamic cleric added that they (the bandits) were merely fighting an ethnic wars, and not taking lives and terrorizing people for fun.
Sheikh Gumi has been voicing the concerns of the bandits as he has been able to meet with them in a bid to proffer solution to the “feud.”
“I choose to call them militants because they are fighting an ethnic war,” he said.
“They are kidnapping to get money. Look at the case where they released a bus full of people, they were asking for N500 million but now, they freed them with mere negotiations for free. Nothing was paid. Since there is a peace process, they are ready to lay down their arms, stop kidnapping and all the things they are doing.”
“And you call them killer herdsmen, how many people do they kill? When they kill, it is mostly accidental, maybe somebody they took who is sick. But tell me who they have killed? How many? Few.”
He also said that it is possible that Boko Haram may want to infiltrate their ranks.
“I am afraid they can be influenced by Boko Haram. And we have seen the signs that Boko Haram is going to infiltrate them but so far, they are not Boko Haram.”