Sheikh Gumi to begin peace deal with bandits in Katsina
The Kaduna-based Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has given hint on his mission to begin peace deal with armed bandits in Katsina State.
Sheikh Gumi dropped this hint during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday.
According to him, his team is planning to come to Katsina State in continuation of his peace and negotiations mission because, according to him, the state have witnessed relative peace the last time when the Governor entered into peace deal with the bandits.
“… And Katsina State too, we are planning to go there, they have seen relative peace when the Governor enter peace deal with them earlier but it returned.”
On Kaduna State, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi said El-Rufai is a very intelligent person and he believes he will agree with his peace mission when he see the true picture of it as it is.
In the interview, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi also reiterated that Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are victims of circumstance.
The cleric has previously advocated for the bandits to be granted amnesty after meeting them in the bush.
“When I listened to them, I found out that it is a simple case of criminality which turned into banditry, which turned into ethnic war, and some genocide too behind the scene; people don’t know,” Sheikh Gumi said.
The cleric said that while “there is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing crime,” the bandits were forced into criminality.
“I think it is a population that is pushed by circumstances into criminality,” he said. “And this is what we should look, let’s remove the pressure, let’s remove the things that made them into criminals because we have lived thousands of years without any problems with the nomadic herdsmen. They are peaceful people. But something happened that led them to this.”