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WHY I DON’T SUPPORT GUMIS RECONCILIATORY MEETINGS WITH BANDITS – EL-RUFAI

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that the state government does not support or recognised any reconciliatory move with criminals in the state. The Kaduna state Governor stated this in a BBC interview earlier this week.

El-Rufai said the efforts of sheikh Ahmed Gumi to stop Fulani from committing banditry and kidnapping would not yield results. He said he spoke with sheikh Gumi that those Fulani didn’t have any religion and will never leave a new lucrative way of making millions of Naira and revert to herding cows that will fetch N200,000 in a year.

The governor said he would not grant Fulani amnesty as requested by Sheikh Gumi. That only a concerted effort by security forces will solve the problem by bombing them out of their hideouts.

” Ahmad Gumi is my friend and we have talked. I told him that most of these Fulani herders have no religion. That’s what we talked about. But I don’t share his idea of forgiving the bandits because no wrong was done to them.

Some of us want us to negotiate a peace deal, some of us said no, we should fight them. That is the problem. The fact is a herder used to getting between N10,000 and N100,000 in a year after selling his cow, and is now getting N1million, he will not stop.

Whoever tells me that the Fulani man that started kidnapping and receiving millions, will agree to go back to his old ways, is only deceiving himself,”

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