Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged that bandits should not be referred to as criminals if Nigerians want them to succumb. This was said during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
“Even the press are criminals too because they are putting oil into fire. These people are listening to you. You don’t address them as criminals if you want them to succumb. Youths are ready to put down their weapons. Now, they hear you calling them criminals, how do you want them to cooperate?” – Sheikh Gumi.
He went further to say that the bandits should be spoken to with nice words and made to see that they are Nigerians and should be law-abiding.
“You have to show them that they are Nigerians, that they should not hurt children and that they should be law-abiding. This is the language we want to hear (from) the press in assisting us in getting the boys.
When we talk to them with nice wordings, they are ready to put their weapons down, they are ready to listen to us. But when the language is about criminality, about kill them, jail them, then this is what we end up having.” – He added
Gumi also stated that the issue has become a nationwide problem, noting that a group in Niger Delta has initiated an uproar.