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Use bandits to wage war against bandits, Gumi tells Nigerian government

The controversial Islamic Cleric, Ahmad Gumi has called on the Nigerian Government that the only way to stop incessant abduction of school children is for the authority  to support splinter groups among bandits.

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Penpushing reports that, Gumi was quoted saying this while reacting to the kidnap of 139 students of an Islamic School in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, disclosing that many bandits were ready for dialogue.

The Islamic cleric, known to be a negotiator between Boko Haram and families of victims of the bandits while speaking further suggested that government could use them to fight the “ugly ones.”

“We are always trying to do our best, but you see, you need two hands to shake. You know these people (bandits) need engagements from the government itself. If you dialogue with them without the involvement of the government, it is a problem’, he said.

“Government needs to be proactive with them. We have a lot of them that are ready to fight the bad ones. Use the bad to fight the ugly, and use the good to fight the bad ones when you’re done with the ugly. Look at Boko Haram, who finished Shekau? Was it not the splinter group? So, it is easy’.

“All these agitations you see, if the government can do a splinter group and the splinter group is empowered, every man wants power and money, they will do your job. There are many ready to submit themselves. All the ones you see me meeting in the bush, they are all telling us, ‘we are ready”, Gumi added

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