Ahmad Gumi who is the Islamic cleric, has said that there is no disparity betwixt the bandits inflicting Nigeria in the Northern region and militants from the Niger Delta.

Ahmad stated this while repeating his request for oblivion to be given to bandits in an interview on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Tuesday.

The Islamic cleric emphasized that the bandits were trained on kidnapping from Niger Delta Militants and should be pardoned like them.

Remember that Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, had supported Fulani moving around with AK-47 saying they have no alternative but to use the weapon to defend themselves and their cows.

Ahmad Gumi has supported the Governor, saying that the fulani herders using the weapons to defend themselves from annihilation after their cows, which is their ”oil,” were rustled.

Islamic cleric said, “We didn’t take a different route of trying to solve this problem and that is why we are still here today. And when we say amnesty, we don’t mean that anyone proved to be involved in murder should go free as such."

“They learnt kidnapping from MEND. I do not see any difference. They were the first victims of rustling. Their cattle is their oil.

“What we are seeing now is more of an insurgency than banditry. I can say 10 percent of the herders are criminals, not 90 percent, in the end, they took up weapons to protect themselves from extinction.

“They themselves can take care of the little remnants of criminals among themselves because they don’t want anybody to bring mayhem to them.”

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