Fulani herdsmen are peaceful people turned bandits — Sheikh Gumi

Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are victims of circumstances.

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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.”

He added: “I think it is a population that is pushed by circumstances into criminality.
“And this is what we should look, let’s remove the pressure, let’s remove the things that made them into
criminals because we have lived thousands of years without any problems with the nomadic herdsmen.

“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.”

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