Renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has accused non-Muslim soldiers of launching attacks on villages and communities leading bandits to seek vengeance.
Recall that Gumi had visited Zamfara villages to hold peace talks with bandits in the forest, to negotiate with them on the need to surrender their arms.
Speaking to bandits in a now-viral video online, the Islamic leader claimed – without evidence – that the soldiers are stirring confusions with the aim of wreaking havoc.
Gumi said: “What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite crisis.”
The Islamic leader queried the bandits on why they should attack villagers in vengeance.
“If you people, in return, retaliate or seek vengeance, attack residents in the city, you may end up in killing youth, children and old men which eventually results in tension in society.
“Why would military men launch attacks on your community and you take your revenge on innocent citizens in the city?
“That is what is denting your image in the society,” Gumi added.
Sheikh Abubakar Gumi met notorious bandit commander Dogo Gide in Dutsen Magaji Forest on Feb. 18, 2021, according to Kaduna-based Desert Herald which accompanied the Islamic scholar on the trip.
This subtitled clip captures a crucial but controversial part of Mr. Gumi's mission. pic.twitter.com/oTr8zFtXft
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