Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned northerners against voting for politicians who will not negotiate with bandits causing chaos across the region.
During one of his recent sermons, Gumi described bandits as warriors who shouldn’t be killed but negotiated with.
The cleric stated:
“Don’t vote for those who will fight bandits. The fighters are our warriors in the forest……. Our people in the forest.
“So vote for those who after attaining power will call and negotiate with our people (bandits) so as to give them what they want for peace to reign.”
The Islamic cleric’s recent sermon has been criticised by a number of Nigerians on social media. Some are wondering why Gumi has not been arrested by the federal government.
Gumi has over the years been accused of ‘sympathizing’ with bandits, who have been wreaking havoc across the country through their violent onslaught, kidnappings for ransom, and mindless killings.
He has asked the Nigerian government several times to grant amnesty to bandits as it gave to Niger Delta militants.
Gumi noted that the move is important if the current security situation in the country must be tackled.