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Gumi Suspends Talks With Bandits

Sheikh Gumi

December 09, (THEWILL) – Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has declared that he will no longer take part in negotiations with bandits following their declaration as terrorists by the Nigerian government.

Gumi, in a recent interview with Premium Times, said he has now become a “spectator in the crisis.”

He said: “Since the federal government has declared them terrorists, I don’t have anything to do with them anymore.

“I will not like to expose myself to danger again and to put a spotlight on myself unnecessarily.

“I have tried all I could do to admonish the nation on the best way to do it, but it seems my advice has fallen on deaf ears. But from now, I’m a spectator in the crisis.

“I have endangered my life for peace by going to the forest and engaging the bandits. Among them there are rock bandits, they are dangerous, armed ready to fire.

“It is dangerous, still we risked our lives to see that we bring peace to this nation. Because somebody has to take that risk and we took it and thanked God we came out safely and knowledgeable, knowing how to come about this issue.”