In recent times, Sheikh Gumi has been calling on the federal government to grant amnesty to the bandits wreaking havoc in the country.
Governor Masari of Katsina is not in support of this and has faulted the Islamic cleric for suggesting such. The governor is of the opinion that a criminal is a criminal and there is no justification for what they are doing to innocent Nigerians.
The governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed his concerns over the activities of bandits terrorising communities in the northwest region. He criticised the renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi for demanding that the bandits, who are responsible for the death of many innocent Nigerians and destruction of properties across the nation, be granted amnesty by the federal government. The governor said Gumi ought to be preaching about the implications of killing people to the outlaws and not amnesty, This Day reports.
He noted that most of the herders living in the forest today are bandits. Governor Masari is disturbed by the nefarious activities of bandits in Katsina state. Masari has vowed not to grant amnesty to bandits again, saying his government was betrayed in 2016 and 2019 after they went down that road. He said a criminal is a criminal and nothing can justify the killing of innocent citizens. He added: “Look my friend, a thief is a thief and a criminal is a criminal. They are criminally- minded and can’t justify killing innocent souls.”
Some Nigerians are in agreement with Masari and are wondering why Gumi has not been arrested.
Sharing his opinion on Facebook, Bright Ib commented: “Gumi should be arrested now is one of the bandit destroying Nigerian.”
Otunba Olayinka Odus stated: “If we have a real and functioning government, people like Gumi should be behind bars for a long time and he should be telling everything he knows about the bandits.”
Gbolahan A Olabisi added: “. . . . and DSS has not invited the Gumi guy by now for questioning? But they want to go pick Sunday Igboho? “This government is a joke, and I have given up already anyway!” The rate of insecurity in the country keeps rising at an alarming rate. Kidnapping and attacks on innocent communities have become a daily occurrence.