Fashionable Islamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has assured the remaining 16 of the kidnapped Greenfield varsity college students can be launched quickly.
He mentioned negotiations had been ongoing with the bandits who seized them since they issued a menace to kill the abductees if ransom of N100 million was not paid.
He spoke in Kaduna with newsmen shortly after receiving dad and mom of freed college students of Federal School of Forestry, Afaka who paid him a ‘thanks go to’ on his roles in securing launch of their youngsters.
Whereas confirming the bandits didn’t perform their menace to kill the scholars due to the continuing talks with them, Gumi mentioned they’ve diminished their preliminary demand of N100 million.
In line with him: “Discuss is ongoing with Greenfield College college students’ abductors. You recognize they threatened to kill all of them (college students) after a specific deadline however after speaking to them, they’re now reducing their bar.
“So, we’re grateful they’ve stopped killing. And we’re nonetheless negotiating with them. I hope this Afaka case may also encourage them to know that there’s hope in negotiation and launch the kids.”
Talking on his function within the launch of the 27 Afaka college students, Gumi mentioned: “The function myself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo performed within the launch of the 27 Afaka college students is the function of mediators as a result of the combat just isn’t between us and them however between the bandits and the federal government.
“What we perceive is that these folks had been attempting to assault the federal government by attacking the federal government establishments and take harmless youngsters.
“Having understood that, we got here to the conclusion that, this isn’t a hopeless scenario. We will actually go in and negotiate for the discharge of those youngsters which we did after a lot ups and downs.
“However in the long term, a conclusion was reached and these youngsters are out. So, we’re joyful that, all of them are out and none was killed.”
When requested in regards to the reported swap of a bandit for the scholars, Sheikh Gumi mentioned: “I can’t verify that however I can quote the Governor of Kaduna when the kids of Chibok had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
“He mentioned it’s the responsibility of the federal government to make use of no matter means potential to avoid wasting the lives of Chibok ladies. This can be a basic rule that life is extra treasured. Now, I’m joyful that, 27 lives have been saved.”
The Afaka dad and mom had been led by their chairman and spokesman, Usman Abdullahi and Friday Sanni.
They thanked the Islamic cleric and begged him to assist convey their appreciation to former President Obasanjo who labored alongside the cleric to deliver again their youngsters from captivity.