The Islamic scholar built a school for herdsmen at Kagarko Grazing Reserve near Kohoto Village forest in Kaduna state, while advising the government to also build more schools for bandits rather than spend billions of Naira acquiring weapons to fight them.
According to him, Herdsmen would take their cattles for grazing in the morning, and come back in the evening to study in the school.
Nigerians who condemned this, fail to understand the benefit of educating these Bandits.
The reality is that, most of these bandits engage in banditry because of poverty, lack of work and most especially lack of education.
I believe the government should begin to consider Sheikh Gumi's proposal because:
Education opens the mind, and exposes one to opportunities, we can't claim to be fighting bandits while ignoring the root causes of banditry.
By educating them, expecially the younger ones, they would begin to know the consequences of engaging in banditry.
Since the Nigerian government has been fighting these bandits without Victory, I believe it is only right that they try out new strategies to tackle it.
If Govt expands this initiative, it will go a long way. Tackling banditry shouldn't be with only military hardware.
What are your thoughts
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