A renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to repented bandits.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, the Islamic cleric asked the federal government to forgive the bandits across the country for their actions just like it did for Niger Delta militants.
Gumi noted that he is working with some stakeholders to ensure that Boko Haram insurgents and bandits ravaging the North lay down their arms and embrace peace.
The Islamic scholar added that the only way the government can achieve peace and stability in the North is through dialogue and rehabilitation.
Gumi, however, blamed the government for the emergence of bandits and insurgents, saying that the criminal elements emerged and became notorious due to the government’s failure to provide for their basic needs.
Meanwhile, the Founder of One Love Family, Satguru Maharaj Ji, has stated that Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho should be commended for ejecting killer Fulani herdsmen from Yorubaland.
Igboho had also issued a quit notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo and enforced same.
Speaking to AllNews Nigeria, Satguru Maharaj Ji stated that Sunday Igboho showed bravery and determination to free his people from the constant terror by Fulani herdsmen.
Maharaj Ji said: “By The Grace of the Grace, I wish to call on all well-meaning citizens to give kudos to our dear son, brother, and friend Sunday Igboho, for his courage and dogged spirit in the fight to put an end to the unwholesome hegemony being exercised by some people who believe that they are above the laws of the land, in our collective struggle to build an egalitarian nation, where the citizens can go about their lawful duties without let or hindrance.
“Our recent experiences in the Pace-Setter State where these dare-devil hegemons, who believe they are a law unto themselves and gain forceful entry in people’s homes, report themselves to family/community heads, demanded and received underserved heavy ransom and turnaround to slaughter their victims like a cow, is, to say the least, despicable and demonic.
“While My full-hearted support and congratulation goes to Sunday Igboho, I call on the State Governments and all stakeholders in Project Nigeria like Obas, Ezes, Amanyanabos, etc. to sit up, never to allow this heinous crime to gain root in their respective domains.”