Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi has mentioned bandits won’t let go of their arms if they aren’t assured of their security and rehabilitation.
Gumi mentioned this on Wednesday, March 24, throughout a digital occasion hosted by the Nationwide Institute for Legislative and Democratic Research.
The assembly was organised to debate Nigeria’s safety challenges.
Talking, the cleric mentioned he sees no cause why the federal government shouldn’t dialogue with the bandits who’re keen to barter.
He mentioned: “No one can justify criminality, what we’re saying is what we noticed within the forest is an ethnic struggle occurring between individuals within the forest and the neighboring villages and hamlets. When the herder felt he has grievances and no person was listening to him, he took on weapons.
“So after we went there and so they noticed a listening ear, they have been prepared to barter, inform us their grievances, and able to incorporate into the society. So in such a case, I see no cause why we should always not have a dialogue with them.”
In response to The Cable, the cleric added that if they aren’t proven that they’ll be protected when reintegrated into the society, they may proceed to hold arms.
The cleric additional acknowledged that they need to be given amnesty the identical approach the Niger Delta militants have been granted amnesty.
He mentioned: ” their instructional standing, they don’t have any official or unofficial schooling. How can a nation which is severe about safety depart a bit of its society so uneducated, depart it to arms and medicines? I don’t assume that society is severe. How can we disperse them, rehabilitate them as a result of they’re holding arms to guard themselves.
“Should you don’t present them they’re protected within the bigger society, there’s no approach they’ll depart their weapon. And that’s why we requested for amnesty for them identical to we had within the Niger Delta.
“I’m not justifying their kidnapping, what they do is crime. However their kidnapping is to get more cash to purchase extra weapons in order that they’ll defend themselves.”