Controversial Islamic Cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has stated that some of the bandits he had dialogues with in the past have repented and stopped kidnapping.
The Nation reports Gumi has been visiting bandits in the forests across some states in the North in an attempt to negotiate a peace deal with them.
The cleric has also been an advocate of dialogue and amnesty for the criminals, stating the reason bandits took to arms was because there was no one to listen to and entertain their grievances.
In recent interview with Roots TV monitored by The Nation, the cleric reiterated his call for amnesty.
“All those we met, all of them have stopped being involved in this kidnapping. The ones doing it now are rogue ones who we did not sit down with,” Gumi claimed.