Bandits – “peaceful people” – Sheikh Gumi
Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi confirmed that the Fulani shepherds involved in banditry were the victims of these circumstances.
Gumi confirmed her position on Monday in an interview with the Politics Today TV channel.
The priest has already asked for amnesty for the bandits after meeting them in the bushes.
“When I listened to them, I discovered that this is a simple criminal case that turned into banditry, into ethnic war and even some kind of behind-the-scenes genocide; people don’t know, ”he said.
“There is no justification for any crime; nothing can justify a crime, and they commit a crime, ”the bandits were forced to commit a crime.
“I think that this is the population, which prompted the circumstances to commit the crime.
“And this is what we need to pay attention to: let’s remove the tension, remove what made them criminals, because we have lived for thousands of years without problems with nomadic herders. These are peaceful people. But something happened that led them to this. “
According to Gumi, bandit shepherds are waging an inter-ethnic war against other peoples, including the settled Fulani. The solution, he added, is dialogue.
“This is a tricky question that Nigerians have to understand,” Gumi said.
“The solution is very simple, but this is not military equipment. The solution is dialogue and learning.
“These people act with natural instincts, not special knowledge. And they don’t have ambition or anything like that. They have no vision of the future. They talk about existence; their livelihoods were destroyed by the long-lasting rustle of cattle, they are the first victims.
“So we need to investigate how cattle driving became big business in Nigeria and how it influenced the socio-cultural behavior of the Fulani nomads. They were pushed to the crime. “
Source: – Reuters