The controversial popular Islamic cleric, Sheihk Ahmad Gumi has formed an advocacy group aimed at championing the rights of Fulani herders, which is known as Nomadic Rights Concern (NORIC)
Penpushing reports that, the known middleman between the Nigerian Government and Boko Haram, as well as abductees’ family made this known during his Ramadan sermon at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna.
The cleric explained that, the group which he said is headed by Professor Umar Labbo will bring attention to the abuses and violations of rights of Fulani herders, stressing that the body will be a channel whereby nomads will have their complaints and agitation addressed by the right authorities.
“We found it worthwhile to establish Nomadic Rights Concern (NORIC) to be headed by Professor Umar Labbo. NORIC is supposed to be a channel whereby Nomads will have their complaints and agitation addressed to the right authorities’, he declared.
“So many have complaints about the loss of family members. Others are in the prisons of security apparatus for many years without offence and trial in a competent court of justice’, Gumi emphasised.
“The organisation was established to address these fallouts, hopefully, nomads will follow the civil ways in addressing their grievances away from violence, it’s said that violence is the language of the unheard’, he stated.
Penpushing further reports that, Gumi who used sermon to appeal to armed bandits operating in the country’s North-West region to accept peace and let go of their weapons said the nomads will channel their grievances to the Nomadic Rights Concern (NORIC), which will help them take legal means of getting redress.
“We appeal to you (the armed bandits) to fear God and take the path of peace. You should emulate one of you who have just unconstitutionally, released all captives under him, he repented and seek God’s forgiveness, he said.
Penpushing also reports that, Gumi who kept mute on the identity of the said repentant bandit, while speaking on the Kaduna train attack, called on the bandits to release all the captives and channel their grievances civilly.
Meanwhile, it is recalled that, Gumi before establishment of the organisation, had visited some of the armed bandits and cattle herders in the forests in Zamfara and Niger states,and also took medical services to them, while a call on the Nigerian Government to grant them amnesty, as they did to the Niger Delta militants.
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