What I Saw In Zamfara Is Insurgency Not Banditry– Sheikh Gummi

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Gov Bello Matawalle during the briefing by Sheikh Dr Ahmad Mahmud Gummi in Govt House Gusau

From Maiharaji Altine Gusau

A renown Islamic Scholar Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Mahmoud Gummi said, “what is currently happening in Zamfara is insurgency and not banditry”.

Dr. Gummi who was briefing Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state at Government House today said, the bandits have completely turned into insurgents following the bad treatment from the people of the state.

“In most of the bandits and Fulani camps we have visited in Zamfara, I come to understand that, what is happening in the state is nothing but an insurgency”.

Gummi maintained that, most of the bandits he came across with during his visit to Zamfara forests were only carrying weapons and attacking people because of persistent attacks and harassment from the vigilante group known as the Yansakai.

Sheikh Ahmad Mahmud Gummi (right) and Alhaji Tukur Mamu Publisher of The Desert Herald (left) at Govt House Gusau

Gummi stated that, most of the bandits he interacted with during his visit had indicated their readiness to surrender their weapons and embrace peace if the Yansakai have stopped attacking and killing them.

He appealed to governments at all levels to embrace dialogue with the bandits and other insurgents in the country, expressing optimism that “Dialogue is the only option to end the menace”.

He commended Governor Matawalle for introducing dialogue with the bandits as a means of ending banditry, calling on other Governors to emulate him.

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