Outspoken Islamic Cleric and self-made mediator of the notorious bandits in Northern Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said that the Federal Government can use factional groups to clamp down on the activities of the bandits.
Gumi who said this during a phone call with the Punch, said that they can be sponsored or paid to fight against themselves, as some of them are ready to negotiate.
This is coming after the hoodlums again abducted 200 Islamiyya school children in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
He said, “We are always trying to do our best, but you see, you need two hands to shake. You know these people (bandits) need engagements from the government itself. If you dialogue with them without the involvement of the government, it is a problem.”
“Government needs to be proactive with them. We have a lot of them that are ready to fight the bad ones. Use the bad to fight the ugly, and use the good to fight the bad ones when you’re done with the ugly. Look at Boko Haram, who finished Shekau? Was it not the splinter group? So, it is easy.”
“All these agitations you see, if the government can do a splinter group and the splinter group is empowered, every man wants power and money, they will do your job. There are many ready to submit themselves. All the ones you see me meeting in the bush, they are all telling us, ‘we are ready.’”
However, Nigerians have being giving the foremost Islamic scholar flaks for dalliances with the murderous bandits.