Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, says there’s a clandestine plot by non-Muslim soldiers to instigate chaos in the beleaguered northern states.
The controversial cleric said part of sinister plot is to launch attacks on communities in troubled northern states, leading bandits to seek vengeance by killing innocent and hapless residents.
Gumi earlier visited Zamfara villages to hold talks with bandits in the forest, to negotiate with them on the need to surrender their arms.
While addressing some of the bandits in a new video circulating online, Gumi claimed that the soldiers are whipping up confusions with the aim of wreaking havoc.
“What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite crisis,” Mr. Gumi said.
Gumi relationship with the bandits has ruffled feather with questions being asked on how he was able to locate the camp of some bandits operating in Zamfara and Niger State, without security personnel’s intervention.
Rampaging and vicious bandits have continued to unleash terror on towns in northern and southerm Nigeria, with many killed and thousands displaced.
It is unclear what spurred the clerics contentious claims, but he queried the bandits on why they should attack villagers in vengeance.
“If you people, in return, retaliate or seek vengeance, attack residents in the city, you may end up in killing youth, children and old men which eventually results in tension in society.
“Why would military men launch attacks on your community and you take your revenge on innocent citizens in the city?
“That is what is denting your image in the society,” the cleric added.
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