Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Shiekh Ahmad Gumi has disclosed that bandits use proceeds from kidnapping to buy arms and settle informants.
Gumi disclosed this whereas dismissing claims that authorities officers and the elites are behind the elevated actions of banditry within the North.
Talking with DAILY POST, the cleric additionally disclosed that bandits are combating an ethnic and never ideological struggle.
He mentioned: “That was a small metamorphosis within the course of, however now the majority of the cash they accumulate is used to purchase weapons. Bandits are unbiased now, and no person influences them. In truth, they purchase informants now, and they’re combating an ethnic struggle which makes it simpler as a result of they don’t seem to be combating for ideology.”
Gumi additionally maintained that the present state of insecurity can not paralyze Nigeria.
He identified that the variety of these concerned in banditry and kidnapping are small when in comparison with the inhabitants of Nigeria.
“There’s a excessive state of insecurity, however it has not reached the state the place it’ll paralyse Nigeria. We nonetheless journey round regardless of extra frequent and sporadic assaults.
“The problem has not bought to the stage of paralysing Nigeria. The lively individuals concerned are few, and I don’t suppose they’re greater than 10, 000 actively engaged in kidnapping among the many herdsmen,” he mentioned.
He additional urged the Federal Authorities to have interaction these bandits in a roundtable dialogue with the view of ending the menace.
“Authorities ought to do the best factor, and actually talking, Nigerians must swallow these bitter capsules which is getting these individuals on a desk and set in place a equipment to rehabilitate them,” Gumi mentioned.
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