Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said that abducting children is a lesser evil when compared to raiding towns and killing people.
Sheikh Gumi who has been soliciting for amnesty to be given bandits operating in the North West and other parts of Northern Nigeria, made this declaration during a chat with BBC’s Pidgin Language programme.
“Kidnapping children from school is a lesser evil because, in the end, you can negotiate and now bandits are very careful about human lives,” he said.
The outspoken Gumi believes this change in modus operandi by the bandits is as a result of the advocacy preaching he has been doing.
“Before, the mission of bandits was to go into a town, ransack it and kill people. By this, I can say our preaching is working and hopefully, we are coming to an end of banditry in Zamfara and other states.
He added that the hoodlums now value lives.
“Bandits are more careful about lives now and just want to do sensational attacks which would bring attention to themselves.”