The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has challenged Sheikh Ahmad Gumi to preach to the bandits on the implication of killing innocent people and also the implication of abducting people and its consequences
The governor spoke on Wednesday on Channels Television’s “Politics Today”. Masari strongly opposed the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits, adding that the idea has encouraged the miscreants to continue with their crimes.
He argued that there has been improvement on the security situation in the country since the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over the affairs of the country.
He further explained his opposition to Sheikh Gumi’s intervention, adding that the cleric did not go about it the right way.
“When we started in 2015 in the North-West, it was cattle-rustling. Gradually, it now developed into banditry, rape, kidnappings. When all that they (bandits) can steal from the villagers along the fringes finished, they moved to the rustling of goats, sheep, and even chicken.
“What we should do and what the government should do now is (about) high-profile kidnapping. In my state, they kidnapped four relatives of very senior government officials. When they cannot get anything to sustain themselves, they resort to high-profile kidnappings for money in cities and towns. That is the danger, that is something we must work hard to stop,” the governor opined.
The governor also kicked against the intervention of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in putting an end to the activities of the bandits in the northwest.
He questioned the knowledge of the Islamic scholar on security issues.
“Was he there? What did he know about what we did in Kaduna? I challenge Gumi to come and tell us if he knows what we did in Kaduna,” he was reacting to Gumi’s stance on how the state government should handle banditry.
“I expect him to, first of all, preach to them (the bandits), the implication of killing innocent people and also the implication of abducting people and its consequences. That is what I expect a clergyman first and foremost to do,” the governor noted.