| 23 February 2021 |
An Islamic cleric and peace negotiator in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has claimed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is not the dark of the hiding places of the herdsmen and bandits involved in kidnappings, clashes with farmers and other vices in Nigeria.
He claimed that the federal government of Nigeria is only playing safe because it realised that its previous approach of attacking the bandits frontally was not working.
On Channels TV “Politics Today” on Monday in Nigeria, when asked how he located and held dialogue with the bandits, while government authorities cannot find them.
The Cleric and negotiator, Gumi, said: “They (government) know. They see them (bandits) by the aerial view. But the military has learned its lesson.
“The first approach they had – when they go in and start killing – the government realised is the wrong way and that they were producing a monster. They are now careful.
“The only element I am adding now is ‘look, don’t just wait and watch, go in and negotiate’.”
According to Sheik Gumi, the Fulani herders feel their existence is being threatened, so they cross borders to defend their kinsmen each time they attack.
He warns that the Fulani bandits should not be confused for Boko Haram, that “We have to be very careful.
“If the pressure is too much, I am afraid they can be influenced by Boko Haram. We have seen the signs that Boko Haram is going to infiltrate them,” said Sheik Gumi.