Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged the Federal Government to give ‘blanket amnesty’ to bandits who are willingto come out of the trade in a bid to solve security challenges in the country.
Gumi made this call on Friday in Minna, Niger State after meeting with abductors of students of Government Science College, Kagara.
According to the cleric, the bandits are willing to turn a new leaf if the Federal government can treat them justly and lend a listening ear to their grievances.
Gumi, who made a comparison of ye treatment given to Niger Delta militant, said that the government should grant the wishes of the bandits but that anyone that continued would be severely punished.
“There is hope that we can resolve this. I appeal to government and recommend that government should do to them exactly what they did to the Niger Delta militant and give them a blanket amnesty. Then if anybody will continue we will deal with him,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Gumi met with kidnappers of students, staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State at Tagina forest.
The bandits were led by their leader, Dogo Gide and Gumi appealed to them to give peace a chance.