FG invites Gumi for questioning after successful release of 137 abducted Kaduna schoolchildren without his help

In a recent development, the federal government has extended an invitation for questioning to Ahmad Gumi, the Kaduna-based controversial Islamic cleric.

This invitation comes as a result of his comments regarding the activities of bandits in the country.

FG invites Gumi for questioning after successful release of 137 abducted Kaduna schoolchildren without his help
Kaduna-based controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi

The Minister of Information and Orientation, Mohammed Idris made this known during a press conference at the State House in Abuja on Monday.

This is also coming barely 24 hours after the 137 schoolchildren who were abducted from Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State were released without Gumi’s help.

Recall that Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna had distanced the controversial Islamic cleric from the release of the schoolchildren, stating that although Gumi had offered to negotiate with the bandits for the release of the student but was not involved.

Gumi had faulted the Federal Government on the continued use of force or kinetic means to secure the release of victims of kidnapping.

According to him, the government ought to go closer to the bandits and study them to provide them with better living conditions.

According to him, the government’s use of force has now turned the bandits into monsters.

He said, “These bandits are getting more vicious. Before they were not doing this. They are heading to softer targets and we can only attribute this to the kinetic approach.

“Now we are fighting bandits. They are anonymous. You cannot fight someone you don’t even know. We said let’s go in, let us know them, let’s map them out – know who they are and where they belong. All this intelligence information is virtually not there.

“The high-handed approach to the matter is what is making it worse. Now they are kidnapping children and threatening death, which they were not doing before. So, I think what to do is really go back to the drawing board and be truly non-kinetic.”

On how to halt the trend, he said government should design a programme like the amnesty initiative for the Niger Delta militants.

“You need a programme just like the Niger Delta, a programme which will bring them out of their forests, educating then, giving them healthcare, giving them peaceful life. This is how you entice people to abandon violence and militancy.

“But when you continue dropping bombs, they will find no sympathy and empathy for our children. This is it. An eye for an eye. This is what is happening. So, we have to change our tactics, we have to change our styles. We know leaders of bandits

“The government, everybody knows their leader. In fact, there is a book, ‘I am a bandit by one Murtala, an Academic. He listed more than 160 bandit leaders. We know their leaders by their names but you don’t know their foot soldiers.

You don’t know all of them. So, you just know their leaders. If you don’t know their foot soldiers, how can you be fighting? They can just come into the town as civilians and then go out, he said.