Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday said bandits terrorising the northern part of Nigeria have become tired and now need partnership with the government to lay down their arms.
Gumi, who spoke with Daily Post, said the bandits were already tired and are ready to embrace peace with the government and the people.
Confirming that the bandits are tired, he said “Yes, it’s very true because bandits are saying they were pushed into banditry by circumstances.
“If they have a genuine partner, they are ready to stop it; they are tired and want peace.
“As regards their ongoing activities, you realize that even when soldiers are fighting and a ceasefire is declared, it takes a long time before they stop fighting.
“We are able to see about 80 percent of the big ones and then some small splinter groups which we could not meet because due to circumstances as we cannot go into the bush again.
“But generally, they are ready for peace, in fact, we have gathered their representatives, discussed with them, and they said they are ready but need a genuine partner. Politics is the cause of this issue.”