Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are victims of circumstances.
Gumi said this on Monday during a Channels Television programme: “Politics Today.”
He said: “When I listened to them, I found out that it is a simple case of criminality, which turned into banditry, which turned into ethnic war, and some genocide too behind the scene; people don’t know.”
The cleric, who had advocated amnesty for the herdsmen, however said: “There is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing crime.”
“They are peaceful people.
“But something happened that led them to this.”
Gumi said the herdsmen-bandits are engaged in an ethnic war against other people, including sedentary Fulanis, adding: “It is a complex issue that Nigerians need to understand.
“The solution is very simple, but it’s not military hardware. The solution is dialogue and teaching.”