A senator from Niger State has asked that security agencies call in Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi for questioning.
Mohammed Sani Musa, representing Niger east, said this on a television programme on Wednesday.
“I recall that one of the renowned Islamic scholars, sheikh Gumi, was at a time going into the forests to be with these people” said Musa.
“I think somebody like Gumi should be asked how he has contacts to reach these people. And if he can reach these people, why is it that he has not been able to help the government in order to get these people neutralised?
“In the last six months, it was very bad. Not until when the new service chiefs came and there was some kind of action, different from what they were doing before. And we had some kind of peace for some time, until now, when the terrorists all went back
“It seems they all went back to Zamfara, which seems to be the epicentre of it. So, when they all went back to Zamfara, and the government decided to hit them in Zamfara, they’re now spreading. We had some peace in the last two months, but now, they’re back and they’re very ruthless. So, we also want the government to be very ruthless with them.”
“There is a need to declare these bandits as terrorists”, wondered why Gumi has not helped the government with information on addressing banditry.