Afenifere advises Buhari to disregard Gumi and label bandits terrorists

afenifere advises buhari to disregard gumi and label bandits terrorists
afenifere advises buhari to disregard gumi and label bandits terrorists

Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the declaration made by Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi and label bandits as terrorists.

Gumi recently cautioned President Buhari not to label bandits as terrorists. He said that doing so will come at a cost.

Gumi instead encouraged Buhari to provide amnesty to the bandits who are murdering and kidnapping residents in the north and other areas of the nation. Gumi also asserted that the bandits are only fighting for their basic human rights.

In response, Afenifere urged Buhari and the Federal Government to disregard Gumi’s recommendations.

The organisation requested that bandits not only be labelled terrorists, but also get the punishment that terrorists deserve.

Afenifere issued a communiqué signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, at the conclusion of its October meeting in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, at the house of its Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.

The Yoruba chiefs bemoaned the fact that insurgency, terrorism, banditry, abduction, and other criminal activities had persisted despite the government’s assurances that it was winning the battle against insecurity.

While expressing discontent with the way the central government has dealt with instability, Afenifere stated it has joined the National Assembly and others in demanding that “those who have been kidnapping and murdering people be labelled terrorists and punished as such.”

The organisation called the authorities’ stance toward security as unsatisfactory, saying that the government “had not succeeded in halting the escalating spate of insecurity in the nation.”

Afenifere, on the other hand, said that bandits and terrorists were “becoming encouraged to continue their criminal actions.”

While expressing surprise that some people were asking forgiveness for terrorists, the organisation emphasised that “anyone deodorises or aids evil is guilty.”

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