Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor, has stated that he does not support the way popular Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi, is going about his intervention for bandits.
Masari said this during an interview on Channel Television on Wednesday.
Gumi has been advocating for dialogue with bandits, despite their incessant attacks on schools and abduction of schoolchildren, as well as killing of innocent Nigerians.
The Islamic scholar has embarked on a number of visits to the bandits’ hideouts in the forest, in a bid to convince them to abandon criminality.
Commenting on Gumi’s approach, Masari said he disagrees with Gumi over his stance on the criminals.
“They [bandits] need moral and spiritual education to know the value of lives and stop killing people and stop raping innocent women,” he said.
“I don’t [support Gumi] because he is not doing it rightly. I expect him first to preach to them the implication of killing innocent people, abducting people, raping and stealing, and the consequences.
“That is what I expect a clergyman, first and foremost, to do.”