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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by unity004(m): 9:48am On May 08, 2021
A prominent Muslim cleric acting as a self-appointed middleman has emerged as a divisive figure in the kidnap-for-ransom crisis plaguing northern Nigeria, which has seen more than 800 students seized in recent months.

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a former army captain, was involved in Wednesday's release of 27 students abducted in March from a forestry college in Nigeria's Kaduna state.

Such is his influence that the parents of the freed students paid him a "thank you" visit where he assured that 16 other students abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna state in April, would not be killed.

Their abductors, who had previously killed five of them and released one after a ransom was paid, had threatened to kill the remaining hostages if no ransom was paid at the expiration of a Wednesday deadline but the sheikh said he had talked them out of it.

'Kidnapping is the lesser evil'
Gumi first emerged on the scene in February after he went on a so-called peace mission to a group of bandits in their forest hideout in Zamfara state.

Since then, he has undertaken other such visits to Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states, urging bandits to stop carrying out attacks.
But despite his mediatory role, he has stirred controversy for advocating talks and a "blanket amnesty" for the criminal groups responsible for the recent wave of kidnapping in northern Nigeria.

"If the country could pardon coup plotters who committed treasonable offences in the era of military administration, the bandits can as well enjoy similar forgiveness even better under democratic rule," he said.

On another occasion, he said: "Kidnapping children from school is a lesser evil because in the end, you can negotiate and now bandits are very careful about human lives. Before, the mission of bandits was to go into a town, ransack it and kill people."

Such views about the bandits, who have abducted hundreds of civilians, including schoolchildren and other students - and killed some in the process - are seen by many as showing that his sympathies lie with the criminals, fuelling anger and division along religious, regional and ethnic lines.
In February, a viral online video showed Gumi making remarks alleging that non-Muslim Nigerian soldiers were responsible for insecurity.

He was censured by the influential Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for aggravating long-running religious and ethnic tensions, while the army said he "deliberately wanted to disparage the Nigerian Army to portray it in bad light."


Gumi said his comments had been misunderstood and his actual message was manipulated.

Gumi's mediation efforts have also made him a target for Islamist militant group Boko Haram, whose leader Abubakar Shekau issued messages threatening the cleric.

He has also been critical of President Muhammadu Buhari's perceived mismanagement of the security crisis, which in turn provoked a backlash from the authorities, politicians from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and religious groups.

The sheikh has often downplayed having any political associations. However, in 2019 he was branded a member of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) when a photo of him with PDP's then presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar surfaced.

Since the beginning of the year, Sheikh Gumi has met several bandit leaders to "dissuade them from their militancy".

In February he met the leader of a bandit group that kidnapped 42 people, including students, in Niger state. The hostages were released shortly after.

Following the abduction of about 20 students from Greenfield University in Kaduna state in April, Gumi reportedly urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the group responsible their ransom demand of $260,000 (£190,000) and 10 Honda motorcycles. The payment has not been made and the students remain in captivity.

Cattle militants and oil militants
Authorities say Nigeria's kidnap crisis is being fuelled by such ransom payments and both President Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state are against it. Instead, they want bandits arrested and prosecuted.

Gumi has defended himself, saying that: "I am not the first person that started dialoguing with them [bandits]. I only added value… I never visited these bandits without a government official present."
In a February interview with TV station AIT, he suggested that the bandits had picked up kidnapping from oil militants in Nigeria's Niger Delta region.

"They learnt kidnapping from Mend [a Niger Delta militant group]. I do not see any difference. They were the first victims of rustling, their cattle is their oil," he said.

In 2009 thousands of Niger Delta militants who surrendered their arms were granted an unconditional amnesty by the government of President Umaru Yar'Adua after years of wrecking havoc on oil installations, abductions and killings in the region.

Some people in southern Nigeria have dismissed such comparisons, arguing that the Niger Delta militants had a political cause - greater control of their region's oil wealth - while the bandits are only after money.

Others claimed that politicians, activists, security personnel, religious and community leaders who acted as mediators in the Niger Delta militancy profited from it, so they are weary of Gumi's self-appointed role and the economy being built around the kidnap-for ransom crisis.

But whatever his critics say, the sheikh's influence is growing. One indication of this is that in the continuously changing nomenclature for what is happening in northern Nigeria, the armed groups are now being referred to by some as militants, rather than bandits.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57007326

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by RereDesign: 9:49am On May 08, 2021
May God help us

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by HellAnus: 9:50am On May 08, 2021
Muslims are known to engage in one form of terror or the other. Gumi is doing Allah's work to evangelise the gospel of terrorism

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by SmartProf(m): 10:04am On May 08, 2021
RereDesign:
May God help us
Has this prayer ever worked? God has helped us with brain and capacity to solve problems already, if we refuse to do the right things, no other help will appear...it's not God's fault.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by RereDesign: 10:07am On May 08, 2021
SmartProf:

Has this prayer ever worked? God has helped us with brain and capacity to solve problems already, if we refuse to do the right things, no other help will appear...it's not God's fault.
hmmm

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by CodeTemplar: 10:22am On May 08, 2021
Terrorist agents in high places.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Charmingrascal(m): 10:23am On May 08, 2021
The Nigerian terrorist cleric who negotiates with bandits.


That would have been the suitable heading for this article.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by unity004(m): 10:45am On May 08, 2021
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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Grace001: 10:53am On May 08, 2021
He said( Gumi) : "Kidnapping children from school is a lesser evil because in the end, you can negotiate and now bandits are very careful about human lives.


See the people you shared one Nigeria with.

Continue to enjoy your one Nigeria, when your children is kidnapped it’s nothing to worry about because it’s a lesser evil

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by MrWTF(m): 11:16am On May 08, 2021
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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by wpadmin: 11:17am On May 08, 2021
God bless BBC.

As our own media outlets will be fined for doing their jobs. Let foreign media outlets do it.

Also, if you are a journalist, you can send your write ups to popular foreign media outlets to publish.

Only Sahara reporters can publish against the government without getting fined but their credibility died the day Sowore started gunning for presidency.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by salbis(m): 11:17am On May 08, 2021
Gumi's effort in reaching agreement with bandits/ kidnappers resulting in freeing some captives is way better than efforts of Buhari, Yemi, El-Rufai, Garba Shehu, Lai Moh'd., Adeshina, Lauretta, Lawan, Femi all combined.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Born2winnx: 11:17am On May 08, 2021
Yeye style...moda4kin terrorist.
Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by ictjobber: 11:17am On May 08, 2021
Buhari once spoke on behalf of Boko boys and today he is the president.. Only God knows what the future holds in store for Gumi.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by blazepascal(m): 11:18am On May 08, 2021
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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by blinking001(m): 11:18am On May 08, 2021
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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Cutezt(m): 11:18am On May 08, 2021
Buhari's brother slowly gaining international recognition

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Elostar: 11:18am On May 08, 2021
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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Grandmeister(m): 11:19am On May 08, 2021
The Muslim cleric who negotiates with terrorist. That should be the appropriate headline! angry

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by dgang: 11:19am On May 08, 2021
Can we can?
Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Psalmistproject: 11:19am On May 08, 2021
GUMI/PANTAMI PRESIDENCY 2023!

VOTE APC NOW OR JOIN YOUR ANCESTORS!!!!!!

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by oluwaseunamos33(m): 11:19am On May 08, 2021
Minister for pieces and abductions. Agent of 91 virgin's. Weldone

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Nobody: 11:19am On May 08, 2021
nawa it's only God that will help us in this country
Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Juicer117: 11:20am On May 08, 2021
I believe it's not God that creates nigeria there's no God in this country

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by wpadmin: 11:20am On May 08, 2021
oluwaseunamos33:
Minister for pieces and abductions. Agent of 91 virgin's. Weldone
Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by vengertime: 11:20am On May 08, 2021
In a sane country he would be in prison for 100 years cos he's a terrorist as well. He gets 10% commission from every kidnapping operations

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Nobody: 11:20am On May 08, 2021
i read he asked cbn to pay 100 milli to bandits.

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by dederocs(m): 11:20am On May 08, 2021
Gumi needs to be interrogated!

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Re: Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian Cleric Who Negotiates With Bandits -BBC Monitor by Olatunji1929: 11:22am On May 08, 2021
Good description or just say minister of banditry and terrorism affairs

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