Popular Fulani Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi in his most recent interview has called for the Federal Government to be more proactive in its dealings with bandits, calling for the FG to create a splinter group that can infiltrate the bandit groups and destroy them, using bad bandits to fight the ugly ones and the good ones to fight the bad ones, once they’ve help to crush the ugly ones.
Sheikh Gumi made this suggestion during a recent interview with Punch news, while noting that many bandits were ready for a dialogue and that the Federal government could use them to fight the “ugly ones” and end the kidnappings carried out by them.
The Sheik who had previously advocated for amnesty for bandits, said
“We are always trying to do our best, but you see, you need two hands to shake. You know these people (bandits) need engagements from the government itself. If you dialogue with them without the involvement of the government, it is a problem.
The government needs to be proactive with them. We have a lot of them that are ready to fight the bad ones. Use the bad to fight the ugly, and use the good to fight the bad ones when you’re done with the ugly. Look at Boko Haram, who finished Shekau? Was it not the splinter group? So, it is easy.
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All these agitations you see, if the government can do a splinter group and the splinter group is empowered, every man wants power and money, they will do your job. There are many ready to submit themselves. All the ones you see me meeting in the bush, they are all telling us, ‘we are ready.’
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