Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has stated that drug barons and gun runners turned Fulani herders into bandits who at the moment are terrorising Northern states.
The controversial cleric who made his views recognized at a peace convention organised by the Center For the Advancement of Human Dignity and Value held at Arewa House, Kaduna on Thursday, famous that the killings, kidnappings by bandits can solely be stopped by hijacking them (bandits) from “these evil arms and drug dealers.”
“When they’re hijacked by evil individuals, drug addicts, gunrunners, we should always not permit individuals to hijack them. Let us hijack them again to the society, that is what we have to do. They have dignity too, they need to be revered and given all of the human proper all people has,” he stated.
Gumi traced the issue of insecurity within the area to lack of faith, lack of information and Enlightenment, saying, they herders have been left alone with out enough funds even with the creation of Nomadic training.
The Islamic scholar stated when he visited the bandits within the forest, they talked about justice, fairness and a way of belonging as enshrined within the structure.
“For three years the federal government has spent $1 billion and now you want one other $1billion, however I stated one third of that $1billion will enlighten them and cease the killing. Have you tried it? Nobody tried it. They (bandits) have empathy like we now have, they’ve households, youngsters.
“I noticed one factor, lack of faith, lack of information, ignorance is the reason for insecurity. I additionally realised that enlightenment is the remedy, if you enlighten them you possibly can remedy them.
“We have left an enormous part of Nigerians (herders) with nothing; we left them with animals, we don’t do something for them. The nomadic training was left with no funding. How do you remedy it? Some are suggesting kill all of them as a result of they’re killing individuals
“When I visited the bandits within the forest, the very first thing I did was to make use of psychology on them. I allowed them to state their grievances. They have been prepared to alter. So, what have been their situations? They are speaking about justice, fairness and a way of belonging as enshrined within the structure
“When a herdsman comes earlier than the court docket of regulation, his rights are violated as a result of he’s ignorant, they informed me no one gave them justice. What have they got? Nothing I got here out of the forest to deal with the authority. When I got here out I needed to search for the authorities to take a seat down and clarify to them the way in which out however I discovered that occurring that tough journey to the forest of Niger State is less complicated than getting the eye of any person in Aso Rock
“We assume that we’re educated, we’re ignorant as a result of we don’t perceive the dignity of human lives. We don’t worth human lives. These criminals can flip into saints in the future. So, there’s a means we will remedy our issues
“Everybody by our structure have to be given truthful listening to, justice and fairness and all people is free to decide on his or her faith no one ought to impose something on anyone. There is not any compulsion, there needs to be fairness in no matter we do, nobody ought to suppress or oppress others
“What we see in the present day is lack of civilization. Too a lot blood is flowing in Nigeria unnecessarily and we now have not but understood the human dignity and worth each the main and the led. Man has worth and dignity, you can not pressure your faith on anyone. Why is blood flowing an excessive amount of within the nation?” he queried.
Earlier in his welcome deal with, the President CAHDV, Engr. Joseph John Ameh, referred to as on Nigerians to stay harmoniously and cease killings and kidnappings. “We are created by one God, let us value human lives and embrace unity,” he stated.
The Director Arewa House Kaduna, Dr. Shuibu Shehu Aliyu stated that egocentric political elites are utilizing spiritual leaders to trigger insecurity within the society, including that, “our values have collapsed and Nigeria is in a sinking ship. Therefore, we must return to the drawing board and salvage our dear country.”