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The renewed troubleshooting of famend Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahnad Gumi, has continued to trigger controversies amongst Nigerians, particularly on the social media platform, Twitter.
Nigerians have been first piqued when stories and pictures surfaced on-line of the assembly Gumi had with two set of bandits in forests in Zamfara State.
Within the photographs that accompanied the stories, the Islamic cleric was seen with closely armed bandits, who gleefully advised him that they took up arms due to the sure injustices carried out to them by the Nigerian state.

The pictures took many aback, as they puzzled how a band of bandits can boldly show their criminality and why a revered cleric like Gumi would brazenly affiliate with them.
However the Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, has stated that Sheikh Ahmad Gumi is enjoying the script of President Muhammadu Buhari on the difficulty of banditry. ”Gumi is barely enjoying the script of president Muhammadu Buhari and different Fulani politicians. By now, Gumi should have been arrested, interrogated and jailed for figuring out the place the legal Fulani herdsmen reside.

“Didn’t I say president Bubari has created jobs for his fulani kinsmen? Are they Nigerians and why ought to the federal authorities compensate criminals who rape, kidnap and kill harmless Nigerians?
“I doubt the existence of Nigeria if this could possibly be occurring within the presence of safety operatives. President Buhari can not intimidate or frighten me,” the pastor stated.
Equally, Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Schooling has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities of enabling kidnapping in Nigeria.

Ezekwesili whereas lamenting the unusual incestuous relationship that now exists between the federal government and bandits, claimed that the ”friendship has enabled the trade of abduction to flourish in Nigeria on fundamental market ideas of demand and provide.”
Much more disgusting to many Nigerians, who’ve expressed their emotions on-line, is the continued advocacy the Sheikh has mounted since his first assembly with the bandits in Zamfara forests.
The cleric, in a number of interviews, had referred to as on the Federal Authorities to grant the bandits amnesty, insisting that the bandits are victims of injustices led to by the Nigerian state. Based on him, the armed bandits are responding to the killings of their folks by the navy and rustling of their cattle by rustlers, with out safety from the federal government.

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The anger and discontent expressed by Nigerians on-line nonetheless took a brand new dimension stories and pictures appeared of the Sheikh Gumi’s assembly with bandits the alleged abductors of scholars and workers of Authorities Science School (GSC), Kagara, Niger State, in obvious negotiation for the discharge of the abductees.
As anticipated, Nigerians took to social media, particularly Twitter to vent their anger and disapproval of what they termed as his romance with criminals, whereas others hailed him for volunteering to barter and safe the discharge of the victims.

Beneath are a few of the reactions of Twitter:
@sadiqTade wrote: “Sheikh Gumi appears to know extra about bandits (terrorists) within the northern states judging together with his latest engagements with these folks. I don’t know if he’s doing the fitting factor or not however I really feel one thing isn’t affordable about the entire thing. Extra like encouraging Terrorism.
“On a daily day, Buhar-led administration has carried out a lot to present confidence to terrorists. Though these terrorists with refined weapons are being paraded as Bandits within the media perhaps for politics. Nonetheless, the actual fact stays Buhari admin has emboldened these criminals.

“You may’t preserve negotiating with this harmful set and preserve anticipating optimistic change or one thing associated. Rewarding, negotiating or dialoguing with criminals would solely encourage potential criminals to dive into full criminality as a result of they’re conscious of the juicy rewards.”
@Dan99st wrote: “They kidnap and get compensated. They’re simply utilizing the plenty to finance their agenda. Afterward, they get pardoned as a result of they’re “reformed”. All of that is fallacious.”

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@Aitemej1 wrote: “From the presidency to the governors to the legislators to the sheiks/different Islamic students, to the normal rulers, to the non secular leaders and plenty of elites within the north nothing is hidden in all these dramas.
Actually, many are key actors and are simply making an attempt to idiot Nigerians”
@Matru wrote: “Na intermediary enterprise Sheik dey do. Him dey gather him share after each transaction”
@NNWaebiem stated: “If they aren’t inspired to maintain kidnapping folks, how would they implement the a lot wanted Northern Amnesty? Bear in mind, Federal Character is enshrined in our structure. I stated it and nothing will occur!”

@emekakickoff stated: “Am so stunned. After I listened to his name in a phone dialog visitor @RaypowerNetwork I used to be hummmmm, so daring together with his speak. One thing appears not proper in any respect.”
@Matrumery wrote: “He desires to be chopping intermediary cash when the federal government and bandit negotiate.. it’s enterprise for him. He collects his share as mediator”
@the_olanrewaju stated: “Stability me fast, how did he find the bandits? What intelligence does he have that the safety companies don’t? Questions begging for solutions.”

@Kingjoey stated: The Gumi’s fashion will breed extra insurgents. There’s nothing higher about it. Am starting to suspect that Boko Haram, Gumi’s ‘Kids’ are nonetheless the bandits. Kwatiniu, God will choose leaders of Boko Haram masquerading like Clerics of God

Regardless of the misgivings expressed by some Nigerians, others are of the view that the revered cleric is doing an awesome job by interfacing with the bandits.
The grandson of second Republic President, Bello Shagari, tweeting with the deal with @belshagy wrote: “As a substitute of being seen as a courageous cleric dealing with these criminals nose to nose, Sheikh Gumi is seen by those that misunderstood as both the northern curiosity, authorities agent and generally whilst legal himself.

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“He’s only a volunteer engaged on his personal.
“Sure you possibly can evaluate Sunday Igoho with Sheikh Gumi within the sense that they’re intervening.
“Nonetheless, whereas Sheikh is asking for peace, Sunday is asking for battle.
“The sheikh shouldn’t be inciting anybody in contrast to Sunday brazenly does.”

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