Sheik Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric, said the Federal Government should provide support to splinter groups among bandits in order to prevent mass abductions of school children.
In a new interview with Punch, Gumi said many bandits were ready for a dialogue and that the Federal government could use them to fight the “ugly ones” and end kidnappings being carried out by the bandits.
Sheik, who supported bandit amnesty in the past, said:
We always do our best, but you need two hands to shake. There is no doubt that these people (bandits) need engagement from the government itself. Dialoguing with them without government involvement is problematic. Government needs to be proactive in dealing with them. Lots of them are ready to fight the bad ones. When you're done with the ugly, use the good to fight the bad ones. Who finished Shekau, Boko Haram? Is it not the splinter group? Therefore, it is easy. These movements, all those agitations, if the government could form a splinter group, if the splinter group were empowered, every man would want power and money. Many are ready to submit themselves. All those you see me meeting in the bush are telling us that they are ready."