Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has asked the Federal Government to consider addressing many demands of the Fulani bandits terrorizing the country so as to achieve peace.
The Cleric kicked against the use of force in the fight against what he called a typical insurgency in the North.
Gumi made the comment after his five-day visit to bandits’ and Fulani settlements in Zamfara State.
According to the Cleric, the huge financial resources spent in the fight against insecurity in the region could have been used to address the needs of armed Fulani.
“Such billions would be more than enough if judiciously used to address all the demands of the armed Fulani; including providing them with basic amenities; training them; and providing them with the needed capital,” he added.
He said most of the Fulani had lost all their possessions as a result of cattle rustling; and instances of extortion by some corrupt security agents.
Gumi, who toured the forest near Daki Takwas, called on the Fulanis to lay down their arms and avoid bloodshed.
He further assured them that Governor Bello Matawalle’s was sincerely committed; and would address their grievances.
Gumi also promised that he would do everything within his capability to convey their concerns and demands to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also stated that he would be in constant touch with the Zamfara State Government; to ensure that there was no breach of the agreement from either side.
Before embarking on his tour of the forest, Gumi and his team paid homage to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, at his palace in the state capital; where he told the emir some of the grievances of the armed Fulani, including periodic attacks on them.