Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has declared that bandits are peaceful people, who were victims of circumstances.
Sheikh Gumi stated this during an interview with Channels Television on Monday, where he stressed that bandits were forced into criminality.
According to him, the bandits were pushed by circumstances into criminality, as he attest that they have lived peacefully for thousands of years without any problems.
“When I listened to them, I found out that it is a simple case of criminality which turned into banditry, which turned into ethnic war, and some genocide too behind the scene; people don’t know.
“There is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing crime.
“I think it is a population that is pushed by circumstances into criminality.
“And this is what we should look at, let’s remove the pressure, let’s remove the things that made them into criminals because we have lived thousands of years without any problems with the nomadic herdsmen. They are peaceful people. But something happened that led them to this.”
Sheikh Gumi then restated his call for the federal government to grant amnesty to victims of banditry and the herdsmen-bandits.
Following their renewed onslaught in the North, Gumi had met with some of the bandits, a situation that led to claims of him negotiating with them.
But however, he denied negotiating the release of those abducted.