Sheikh Abubakar Ahmed Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, has said he longer interfaces with bandits following their designation as terrorists.
Gumi made this known in an interview on Wednesday.
Gumi, who is known for advocating amnesty for bandits, said he would no longer have any dealings with bandits following the court order.
“Since the Federal Government has declared them terrorists, I don’t have anything to do with them anymore,” he told Premium Times.
“I will not like to expose myself to danger again and to put a spotlight on myself unnecessarily. I have tried all I could do to admonish the nation on the best way to do it, but it seems my advice has fallen on deaf ears.”
“I have endangered my life for peace by going to the forest and engaging the bandits. Among them there are rock bandits, they are dangerous, armed ready to fire.
“It is dangerous, still we risked our lives to see that we bring peace to this nation. Because somebody has to take that risk and we took it and thanked God we came out safely and knowledgeable, knowing how to come about this issue.
“Maybe in the future when the political situation changes for the better, we can do it again so that there will be peace, harmony and tranquility in the country.”