Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are ready to negotiate and be incorporated into the society.
Sheikh Gumi on Wednesday said, “they are ready to negotiate, to tell us their grievances and they are ready to be incorporated into the larger society”.
The Islamic cleric made this disclosure during a virtual meeting hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.
Defending his stance on the touchy issue, Gumi said: “Nobody can justify criminality, what we are saying is what we saw in the forest is an ethnic war going on between people in the forest and the neighbouring villages and hamlets.
When the herder felt he has grievances and nobody was listening to him, he took on weapons.
“So when we went there and they saw a listening ear, they were ready to negotiate, tell us their grievances, and ready to incorporate into society.So in such a case, I see no reason why we should not have a dialogue with them.”
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on February 22, 2021.He added that “If you don’t show them they’re safe in the larger society, there’s no way they can leave their weapon. And that’s why we asked for amnesty for them just like we had in the Niger Delta.
“I’m not justifying their kidnapping, what they do is a crime. But their kidnapping is to get more money to buy more weapons so they can protect themselves.”
The sheikh further stated that the nation must begin to think about the education of the nomads.Gumi said he sees no reason why a nation that is serious about security will leave a chunk of society so uneducated. He argued that the country has left the people to arms and drugs.
He reiterated that Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are victims of circumstance, adding that the bandits should be granted amnesty.
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack
The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.
The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister.
It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individuals including high profile personalities in the public and private sectors as well as the traditional and faith-based circles.
The statement partly read, “The PDP is particularly worried about allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.
“The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation which has created apprehension, particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorist activities in our country.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to remain at alert and very sensitive to their environment, while not hesitating in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation”
Lagos AAC Supports Judiciary Workers’ Nationwide Strike Actions
As Judiciary workers march out all over the country to protest Government’s delay in granting the financial autonomy of the judicial arm away from the Executive, Lagos AAC salutes the resilience of JUSUN so far.
For us, the Judiciary workers strike action is a great leap for democracy. The executive arm, by it’s control of the financial life of the Judiciary, demolishes the concept of democracy thereby putting the civil space, democracy and justice on trial.
Our party is being in court over many Social injustices and we practically understand how underrepresented, underfunded, and compromised the Judiciary is. We hereby call on all good people of conscience, our comrades, and sympathizers to support JUSUN in the strike Actions especially the nationwide Protests against erring state governments.
We hold that justice is a consequential virtue to get peace and true development!
19th April, 2021.
Viral Video: I Am Not Behind Distribution Of Rice — Tinubu
He said: “We have seen the images being circulated of bags of rice depicting Asiwaju’s face being distributed across parts of the North.
“I am not responsible for this initiative but l commend the efforts of the various volunteer groups responsible for this benign act of charity and love for one another, particularly in this Holy month of Ramadan”.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has said
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