Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that bandits who terrorize residents of northern Nigeria cannot be compared to South-East’s separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to Gumi, bandits only kidnap people for ransom while IPOB members allegedly kill people and attack government institutions.
The cleric gave his own interpretation about activities of bandits, herdsmen and IPOB during an interview on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’, which was aired on Wednesday.
He also denied supporting the activities of bandits and herdsmen.
Gumi said that his allegiance lies with the Nigerian people and government, but noted that he was against criminality from anywhere, whether in the government or from terrorists.
Asked why he had not disclosed the location of bandits he has been meeting in the forests to security forces, the cleric explained that the military failed to capture Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, for the past ten years that he had terrorized the country.
He suggested that only fellow insurgents could be engaged to apprehend or take out their other terrorists.