The Federal Government, through an Abuja High Court, on Thursday, tagged the activates of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups and other similar groups, as acts of terrorists, and asked the FG to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.
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Having done that, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi who has been called out by many for choosing to defend bandits over defending the lives of people they’re destroying, has once again hit out at calls for bandits to be declared terrorists, saying even if the federal government decides to make the decision, it won’t change anything.
The Islamic cleric through his Media Consultant, Malam Tukur Mamu said;
“I think the Federal Government has succumbed to media blackmail by a section of the country. It will not have any practical value because even before the declaration they are being fought and treated as terrorists.”
“So it’s just a nomenclature which I believe will not change the dynamics on ground. “If you can remember IPOB was also declared a terrorist organization, the declaration was even backed by the order of the Court
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But as you can see even the international community did not recognise FG’s declaration of IPOB. So it has failed to be effective or to achieve the desired results.”
“They have not been ban from travelling to other countries while their citizenship remains intact, it has not been denounced. So what type of declaration is that?
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi who recently opened a school for bandits inside a forest in Kaduna state continued in his statement, saying;
“I sincerely hope that Nigerians will not take the herdsmen as terrorists but should regard the criminality of the few among them against innocent people as acts of terrorism just as we see IPOB and their attacks on security agencies and other northern citizens as acts of terrorism. Very few herdsmen are bandits if you go through their population.”