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Declaring Bandits As Terrorists May End Nigeria, Sheikh Gumi Warns FG

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Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, on Monday said, declaring bandits as terrorists will come with a price to the nation.

This is coming amidst calls from Nigerians to the government, to declare bandits as terrorists.

But in a statement, Gumi said the moment bandits are termed terrorists, foreign Jihadist movements will set in force and many teaming unemployed youths may find the cause palatable and attractive.

Gumi said, “The acts the Bandits are committing now in NW have gradually over time become tantamount to terrorism because wherever innocent people are fatal victims it’s pure terrorism.

“Yet, innocence these days is relative. We agreed if their children and women are also killed, they are guilty by association or collateral damage, so also the bandits may think the same way.

“It’s right for vigilantes to lynch Fulanis herdsmen or anyone that looks like them by profiling but wrong for the herdsmen to ransack villages in retribution.

“They are pushed to believe it is an existential war and in war, ethics are thrown to the winds.

Gumi added that “the only helpful part that is against Bandits is that no other than them are attracted to join them in the NW because of its ethnic tinge and coloration.”

He added, “The acts the Bandits are committing now in NW have gradually over time become tantamount to terrorism because wherever innocent people are fatal victims it’s pure terrorism.”

Gumi argued that the psychology in fighting natives is to induce a motive for their struggle if they don’t have one already, a motive that is manageable.