Controversial Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has stated that he will from henceforth desist from negotiating for bandits.
The self-made mediator announced he would stop mediating for peace between the dangerous armes bandits and the Nigerian Government after a Federal High Court proscribed the armed bandits as terrorists.
He has in the past asked the Federal Government to give bandits amnesty like Niger Delta militants were given under late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
It has taken the Federal Government longer to proscribe the hoodlums, much longer than they took to proscribe cessationist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had recently stated that bandits are not terrorists because they do not have a flag.
However, the hoodlums have continued to kidnap, kill and ravage Niger , Borno, Zamfara and Kaduna States, with little or no opposition from the nation’s security apparatus.
Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation, had filed an ex-parte application seeking to proscribe the grisly activities of ‘bandits’ who have been waging a relentless war against ordinary Nigerians in the North-west and the North-central States.
The verdict strengthened the call on the federal government to declare bandits ravaging the North-western and the North-central regions as terrorists.
After the verdict, Gumi said that “since the federal government has declared them terrorists, I don’t have anything to do with them anymore.
“I will not like to expose myself to danger again and to put a spotlight on myself unnecessarily,” the cleric said.
“I have tried all I could do to admonish the nation on the best way to do it, but it seems my advice has fell (fallen) on deaf ears.”
“I have endangered my life for peace by going to the forest and engaged the bandits. Among them there are rock bandits, they are dangerous, armed ready to fire.
“It is dangerous, still we risked our lives to see that we bring peace to this nation. Because somebody has to take that risk and we took it and thanked God we came out safely and knowledgeable, knowing how to come about this issue.”
Mr Gumi said, “Maybe in the future when the political situation changes for the better, we can do it again so that there will be peace, harmony and tranquillity in the country.”