The Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has called on Nigerians to allow Fulani herdsmen to protect their forests.
The outspoken Cleric who is clearly well vested in all matters banditry was speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday when he made these comments.
He noted that bandits are doing what they are doing because they were first attacked by other tribes in Nigeria.
He went on to accuse different security outfits in the country for not handling bandits with the needed seriousness.
He said, “The Niger Delta example, I think we can take an example from that. When they were vandalising pipelines, they were given the pipelines to guard.”
“Now, the herdsmen are controlling a big chunk of land whereby they are preventing farmers from farming. As the Niger Delta is important to the economy, these herdsmen now are becoming important to the Nigerian economy.”
He scoffed at the amnesty program Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State started, noting that it lacked the necessary mechanisms to make it work.
“They can be our guards, they can guard the forests. They have qualities that we can tap from. When you grant a political amnesty, I mean amnesty in the front of the press and the media but in the real sense, there was no amnesty.”
“Amnesty comes with a package. The package is you rehabilitate these criminals, you provide for them social amenities. You entice them to leave the forests by providing them with skills. But there is no project put forward.”