Your current military offensive against bandits won’t stop their activities – Gumi warns FG

September 7, 2021

1.6 min readCategories: News
  •  Says armed herdsmen are going nowhere, and they are already in battle gear


A message has been sent to the federal government of Nigeria. The message was sent by no other person than controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi.

The cleric who condemned the current military offensive against armed herders and bandits insisted that the move would not stop their activities. He disclosed this on his verified Facebook page on Monday, September 6.

According to him, the military operation will only complicate the crisis.

“Let us face the reality, these herdsmen are going nowhere, and they are already in battle gear, and we know our military very well, so before things get messy, we need cold brains to handle this delicate situation. Its common sense that if you allow your neighbours to be your enemy you are already conquered. Because they can easily be used against you by other Anti -north forces to destabilise the region, pauperize and depopulate the entire northern region”

Mr Gumi stressed that the military action “is no solution or wisdom. “Now with the prodding of the government to take more military actions of an already ugly situation whereby they were left to amass weapons, a huge military budget that is almost draining the economy to a standstill in the purchase of fighter aircrafts (sic) and conducting military operations in the region has become to the authorities in their calculations a necessity.”

“Military actions in the past have worsen(ed) the situation stimulating herdsmen resistance. Any more action will push them closer to religious fanaticism. It gives them protection from discrediting them as thieves and also reinforce their mobilization of gullible young unemployed youth as we saw with BH.”

“I have met many of the bandit leaders to see a way out of this gridlock. I have talked to the political class and security agents. Except for an exception, most state governors want a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”

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