Join Me in Dialogue With Bandits, Gumi Urges Tinubu

Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has stepped forward, offering to mediate discussions between the Federal Government and bandits in a bid to secure the release of abducted Nigerians.

Gumi’s proposition comes amid rising tensions following the abduction of hundreds of schoolchildren in Kaduna State.

Expressing his willingness to facilitate comprehensive talks, Gumi urged President Bola Tinubu’s administration not to repeat the alleged mistakes of the past, referring to the previous administration’s reluctance to engage in dialogue with bandits.

In a statement, he said: “The government’s stand of no negotiation with the bandits is an unfortunate position. My advice is that the government should dialogue with the bandits not only for these Kuriga school children abduction but all the cases.

“Also, the government should use the same approach it used in releasing passengers that were abducted on Abuja – Kaduna train in 2022 to release the Kuriga school children and others.

“I am ready to lead a holistic dialogue be- tween the government and bandits. It is a religious duty for me to do so for peace.

“I hope the present government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will listen by dialoguing with the bandits because the past administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari refused to do so.”

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