If Coup Plotters Are Pardoned, Why Not Bandits- Sheikh Gumi
Revered northern Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed that there is nothing wrong in the Government pardoning bandits if it once pardoned coup plotters.
According to him, he sees no wrongdoing with the bandits because even if those that instigated civil war, the civil war that millions of people died, were pardoned, it would not be out of the book if the bandits are pardoned.
He added: “Even those that instigated civil war, the civil war that millions of people died, were pardoned. I see no reason why we cannot accept their (bandits) repentance and give them amnesty. You ask why do we give them amnesty but they told us specifically that they are ready to drop their arms and they don’t want to be pursued with legal actions after they repented.”
“If the country could pardon coup plotters who committed treasonable offences in the era of military administration, the bandits can as well enjoy similar forgiveness even better under democratic rule.
“These people in the bush, who have taken arms; they are criminals. I wonder who is not a criminal. Since Nigeria forgave coup plotters, forgave those that killed. Even those that instigated civil war; civil war that millions of people died, I see no reason why we cannot accept their repentance.
Since that is the bottleneck and it is only the Federal Government that can give them that leverage. Strangely, we found out that they are victims too. They were victims of profiling. So many of them were arrested and punished just for looking like herdsmen.”