A s Sheikh Gumi visits ongoing Construction of RugaSettlement at Maradun


… This is not time for blame game or criticism- Says
Gumi
…To visit key hotspots of Kidnapping in Zamfara
within 5 days
…We are proud of our son, we support Gumi’s mission- Emir of
Maradun
By Mike Odeh James and Maryam Musa
As more and more Nigerians and concerned citizens across
political and religious divide continued to identify and support
the initiative of Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi in reaching out to
several Fulani herdsmen particularly those that decided to
carry arms and engage in acts of banditry and kidnappings
and to ensure cessation of all hostilities and to find amicable
settlement and understanding with government, Governor Bello
Mohammed Matawalle who has never relented in seeking
peaceful means of ending incessant attacks and kidnappings
in his state since assuming office mostly by Fulani militias
has sent a special invitation to Sheikh Gumi to come to his
state and engage with the bandits as he has been doing
recently with considerable amount of success.
It would be recalled that despite several efforts and
commitment by the Zamfara state government, killings and
kidnappings mostly by armed Fulani herdsmen still persist
while farming activities still remains at its lowest ebb due to
the crisis. Sheikh Gumi is a citizen of Zamfara State from
Gumi Local Government.
Sheikh Gumi and his large entourage arrived Gusau the
Zamfara state capital on Monday 1st February, 2021. He was
received by large delegation of government functionaries
including former Minister and one time Ambassador, Bashir
Yuguda, the state commissioner of Police, some cabinet
members and the members of Ulama. Even though he arrived
Gusau late, Sheikh Gumi took little time to prepare and
proceeded straight with his entourage in company of
government officials to tour facilities at the ongoing
construction of modern Ruga settlement in a bush of about
2500 hectares in Maradun. Though the project is ongoing, the
facilities and speed of work at the special Fulani settlements
speaks volumes of Governor Matawalle’s commitment to
improve the living condition of the Fulanis and to pacify the
aggrieved ones amongst them to repent and give peace a
chance.
DESERT HERALD and several other media organisations were
part of those that embarked on the long journey to the
Maradun bush where sufficient provision including a clinic,
school, accommodation, gracing farm lands, water, mosque,
an archives centre, road network as well as veterinary clinic
are being provided. After taking time to inspect the large
facilities which took them hours to complete, Sheikh Gumi
commended the Zamfara state government for recognizing the
necessity of improving the lives of the Fulanis as one of the
few solutions of ending the crisis of insurgency associated
with kidnappings and killings. He particularly commended
Governor Matawalle for adopting peaceful means in solving
the crisis.
Gumi said considering what the nation is going through as a
result of unprecedented crime and insecurity, it is time for
collective action. He said though protecting lives, dignity and
properties of the people is the responsibility of government
and Allah will hold them accountable but reiterated that
apportioning blames or criticising the federal or state
government on an issue of collective failure and at a time of
emergency will never be the solution and called for collective
efforts. Gumi urged the federal and state governments
particularly those that are having challenges of kidnappings
and armed banditry to copy the Zamfara example of initiating
dialogue and decent settlement for the Fulanis.
Sheikh Gumi told the large gathering at Maradun Ruga
settlement that there is no magic in what he is doing or in
reaching out to the armed Fulanis. He also told the nation that
despite the confidence the Fulanis have in his mission and the
privileged of giving him a listening ears, his success depends
largely on getting the needed corporation from particularly the
federal government. He said there is so much hope in the
peaceful approach of Governor Matawalle and said the use of
arms as we have seen over the years will never be the
solution. He said without educating the Fulanis particularly
about their religion nothing will be achieved.
Gumi said most of the Fulani herdsmen did not know anything
about their religion and no effort was made in the last 50
years to educate them hence becoming vulnerable to
committing any crime. He said his priority in Zamfara and any
other place he will visit is to spread the message of Islam to
the Fulanis since virtually all of them were born as Muslims
and to ensure that Islamic teachers are sponsored to be
teaching them about the basics of their religion.
Sheikh Gumi lamented that insecurity has affected every home
in Nigeria and warned disgruntled elements to desist from
politicising his peace efforts. He called on security agencies
to collaborate and give him the benefit of doubt as he
continues the carrot approach.
DESERT HERALD reports that Governor Matawalle will provide
a modern Ruga settlement in each of the 3 senatorial districts
in the state in an effort to permanently settle the Fulanis and
to end their many years of neglect and frustrations.
The former NHIS boss, Prof Usman Yusuf is part of many
dignitaries that followed Sheikh Gumi to the historic visit in
Zamfara. Prof Yusuf at the Ruga settlement at Maradun has
also called on the Fulanis to encourage the efforts of Governor
Matawalle by giving peace a chance. He told them that Sheikh
Gumi meant well for them and will never let them down and
urged them to engage the criminals amongst them that are not
ready for peace.
Part of those that are in Gusau with Sheikh Gumi includes
DESERT HERALD Publisher and Director of Communications of
Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi Initiative for the Propagation
of Sunnah, Mallam Tukur Mamu (Dan-Iyan Fika), the Chief
Imam of Sultan Bello Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Suleiman
Adam, Hon Rufai Chanchangi, representative of Sheikh Dahiru
Bauchi, Sheikh Sanusi Khutama and several others.
From the Ruga settlement at the Maradun bush, Sheikh Gumi
proceeded to the palace of the Emir of Maradun where he and
his entourage were warmly received and entertained with a
traditional dinner.
As part of his 5 days visit, Gumi is expected to travel to
another strategic bush at Shinkafi Local Government on
Tuesday to spread his mission and to engage with some
Fulani militias.

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