Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to stop the use of force in tackling bandit terrorists.
He stated this while speaking at a peace conference organised by Center For the Advancement of Human Dignity and Value (CAHDV) in Kaduna on Thursday.
While listing ways to end banditry, the cleric stated that something must be done to stop the unnecessary flow of blood.
Sheikh Gumi said the government had in the last three years spent $1billion in fighting banditry, adding that it requires another $1 billion to continue the fight, when 10 percent of that amount can be used to enlighten the bandits and stop the killings and kidnappings.
“I realised one thing; lack of religion, lack of knowledge; ignorance is the cause of insecurity and enlightenment is the cure,” Gumi said.
“When you enlighten them, you can cure them. When you want to cure the problem the way it was created, you go into bloodshed and this is exactly what we are witnessing now.
“What we see today is lack of civilization. Too much blood is flowing in Nigeria unnecessarily and we have not yet understood the human dignity and value both the leading and the led. Man has value and dignity, you cannot force your religion on anybody. Why is blood flowing too much in the country?”
According to the cleric, he had to deploy the use of psychology when he met with bandits, which allowed them air their grievances.
He accused evil people, drug addicts and gunrunners of hijacking herdsmen and turning them bad.