A popular Islamic scholar, Ahmed Muhammad Gumi has urged the federal and state governments to grant amnesty to repentant bandits.
He warned that more bloodshed and Killings would happen if the security agencies continue to engage them in battles.
Giving instance, Gumi said that the late President Musa Yar’Adua granted amnesty to militants in the South-South zone and even created the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs which calmed down the t situation.
“Negotiations remain the best option for conflict resolution. Negotiations settled the grievances of the militants in the South-South so president Buhari should borrow from that ideology to end terror attacks in his own government,” sheikh Gumi added.
Sheikh Gumi lamented that almost all the violent crimes in Nigeria are being perpetrated by the unemployed youths .
The Islamic scholar said when he visited the bandits dens in Zamfara state the Fulani bandits tabled some of their grievances which government has not addressed.
He added that the Fulani bandits demanded for justice in dealing with the Fulani people nationwide.
The Islamic scholar explained that the Fulani bandits complained that if any Fulani herdsmen is seen with a car or motorcycle, he is in trouble with security agencies.
Gunmi also said that the bandits complained that the promises that were made by the state government to them did not reach the Fulani herdsmen as they were being hijacked by the middle men
“In some of our communities, there is no potable drinking water, no accessible road, no good health care delivery service or any form of social facility and until the state government addresses these problems, we will not embrace the peace accord and reconciliation” the unrepentant bandits lamented.
“There is nowhere that peace can reign without justice and if there is justice, the federal and state governments would not have been wasting huge amount of money to quell banditry in the state”