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Amnesty For Bandits - Sheikh Gumi Proposes

The controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has suggested that the government grants amnesty to bandits if peace must exist. The cleric said on Monday, 6th of September. 

Gumi also warned that poor handling of the current situation of banditry in the country would not yield any positive result rather, Nigeria may end up like Afghanistan, chaotic. 

The cleric relayed the controversial message on Monday via his Facebook page in a message he had titled "Zamfara: The Flaring Crisis". In the message, the cleric also noted that the government should not hesitate to handle the matter with urgency the way it did with EndSARS protest and Niger Delta Militancy.

Citing the late president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's administration, Gumi was able to establish a basis for his claim when the late president granted amnesty to bandits in the North during his reign. Parts of the message read thus, "Any more action will push them closer to religious fanaticism. It gives them protection from discrediting them as thieves and also reinforces their mobilisation of gullible young unemployed youth as we saw with Boko haram...."

What are your thoughts on this suggestion by cleric Sheikh Gumi? Do you think it is the right thing for Nigeria to adopt now? 

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