Ahmad Gumi a Controversial Islamic Scholar has on Monday described the kidnapping of schoolchildren by bandits as a lesser evil.
He said kidnapping school students was a lesser evil when compared to the ransacking towns and killing of its residents.
Gumi remarked while featuring on BBC Pidgin.
He further stated that his meeting was yielding positive results as bandits are now careful about human lives.
His words partly read “Kidnapping children from school is a lesser evil because, in the end, you can negotiate and now bandits are very careful about human lives.
“Before, the mission of bandits was to go into a town, ransack it and kill people. By this, I can say our preaching is working and hopefully, we are coming to an end of banditry in Zamfara and other states.
“Bandits are more careful about lives now and just want to do sensational attacks which would bring attention to themselves.”
In recent times, the activities of banditry have been on the rise in the Northern part of Nigeria and Gumi had appealed to the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits, saying that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation in the North.
However, President Buhari has vowed not to grant amnesty to bandits.
Recall that late last week Gumi said Nigerian journalists are “criminals” for describing the activities of bandits as criminality.
Speaking when he featured on Arise Television on Thursday, Gumi said the media is adding to the insecurity problem by the names they use in describing the bandits.
Gumi said if the media wants them to surrender, they should not be castigated and referred to as criminals but rather, nice words should be used to describe them.
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