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Insecurity: Bandits Are Tired, Want Peace — Sheikh Gumi

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, claimed on Tuesday that bandits seek peace.

Bandits desire peace because they are tired, Gumi remarked in an interview with DAILY POST.

Bandits are willing to lay down their arms if the government offers them a true partnership, according to the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric.

Gumi said when asked if the bandits were tired:

“Yes, it’s very true because bandits are saying they werere pushed into banditry by circumstances.

“If they have a genuine partner, they are ready to stop it; they are tired and want peace.

“As regards their ongoing activities, you realize that even when soldiers are fighting and a ceasefire is declared, it takes a long time before they stop fighting.

“We are able to see about 80 per cent of the big ones and then some small splinter groups which we could not meet because due to circumstances as we cannot go into the bush again.

“But generally, they are ready for peace, in fact, we have gathered their representatives, discussed with them, and they said they are ready but need a genuine partner. Politics is the cause of this issue.”

In the northern region of the country, bandits have been on the loose.

These criminals have made schools in the country’s northern regions extremely dangerous.

In the north, they have mostly targeted students and locals.

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