With all remorse and sadness, an average Nigerian would tell you that the war against insecurity is exhausting and seemingly endless. Years ago, we had only the challenges Boko Haram insurgents. Now we have ISWAP, Armed Bandits, Unknown Gunmen, etc.
Since the use of force has not yielded any tangible result for a while, we need an alternative to save the lives of our soldiers and save them a lot of stress. In the sense that any of these groups that is ready for dialogue and drop arms, the Federal Government should give them a second chance.
With regards to Bandits, Islamic Cleric Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has disclosed severally that the armed bandits are willing to drop their weapons and embrace peace if the Federal Government will grant them amnesty.
According to Sheikh Gumi, the bandits want government to provide jobs, build schools and hospitals in their communities. And they promised to not only end banditry but protect the forests from criminal elements.
A lot of money is being allocated by the FG to secure arms to fight insecurity. Therefore, if one of the security challenges is solved, it will save the country a lot of money and resources.
Secondly, there are credible and valid fears that religious extremists might infiltrate the ranks and leadership of the bandits. And this will make it extremely dangerous for the peace and stabjliy of the country. I think it is better if they are granted amnesty.
Lastly, the armed forces will be more focus on a particular enemy. As for now, they are stretched out all over the country which is greatly affecting the war against insecurity.
With these, we’ll understand that Gumi’s Call for Armed Bandits to Be Given Amnesty is not a completely wrong suggestion. FG should sit with the Kaduna-based cleric and think it is better if they are granted amnesty. the way forward against banditry affecting the Northwest.