Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says that his interactions with bandits has yielded instant results.
The popular Islamic cleric disclosed this while rebuking those calling for his arrest and prosecution over his interaction with bandits, adding that the negotiations were done in the presence of government officials.
He described those calling for his arrest as “clowns.”
It would be recalled that the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), had called for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest and prosecution.
HURIWA had pointed out that Gumi’s interaction with bandits was a treasonable offence.
But, Speaking with DailyPost, the Kaduna-based cleric stressed that he was not the first to have negotiated with bandits.
He noted that Kaduna and Zamfara States’ governors had met with bandits before him.
When quizzed on those calling for his arrest, the cleric said, “Those are clowns, even the Kaduna State governor dialogued with them, Zamfara governor dialogued with them.
“I’m not the first person that started dialoguing with them (bandits). I only added value, and I find them to be religious; religion is the only thing that teaches you that blood has sanctity. So this is the religious angle.
“I’m trying to gather them and teach them that there is sanctity to life. They cannot kill, rape and so on. This is the addition I hope will work. Note, I never visited these bandits without a government official, but they are in the background.
“All the bandits we met were with government officials, and that is why I said those calling for my arrest are clowns.”
Gumi also insisted that his interaction with bandits has yielded instant positive results.
His words, “My interaction with bandits has yielded instant results. When you are dealing with somebody engrossed in criminality, if you approach him as a policeman, you will have a problem but if you come to him as a pastor, he will confess all his sins to you.
“So we approach them as clergy, and they feel comfortable to vomit all their problems. Hence, we see how we can appease and help them.
“We are not approaching them as an authority but from the spiritual angle. You know every human being has that spiritual influence, and that is why we are adopting that.”