The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to arrest controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.
Recall that Gumi in a post on his Facebook account warned against declaring bandits as terrorists, adding that the decision will come with a prize.
He noted that the actions of bandits in the Northwest which has seen innocent people killed is tantamount to terrorism.
He, however, said the moment bandits are declared terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in force, and many unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive.
Reacting in a statement, CAN’s Director of National Issues and Social Welfare, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, called on security agencies to investigate the claim made by Gumi that declaring bandits as terrorists would come with a price.
He said: “The Federal Government appears to be treating Sheikh Ahmed Gumi with kid gloves.
“It’s unfortunate and we are worried, disappointed, and pained that he would make such a bold statement unchallenged.
“But the Church will no longer keep silent. Enough is enough. We will take him up word-for-word henceforth.
“The Federal Government should do the needful and arrest him. Is Gumi the owner of Nigeria?
“What effrontery has him to challenge the verdict of the people that the bandits are the enemies seeking to destroy our nation?
“Someone must call him to order. He must stop making threats to Nigerians and Nigeria. Gumi should be behind bars.”