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Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed that a number of Boko Haram commanders are prepared to give up and urged the federal authorities to make use of correct engagement to barter with the group.
Gumi, who spoke to ARISE NEWS Channel, the published arm of THISDAY Newspapers, in Kaduna yesterday after internet hosting the launched college students of the Federal Faculty of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna additionally reiterated his name on the federal government to barter with bandits.
The cleric famous that data at his disposal revealed that many Boko Haram commanders have been prepared to give up and be built-in into society.
He additional disclosed that the bandits have been additionally placing stress on him to help them with amnesty.
“However with Boko Haram – though we’ve dependable data from some contacts too that lots of their commanders wish to give up; So, I believe that with critical engagement and authorities involvement in these points on a critical observe, I believe we’ll overcome. You see, in Nigeria, we’re a tribal society. So, each group has elders that they take heed to,” Gumi defined.
Gumi additionally disclosed that he had reached out to 80 per cent of the bandits’ leaders and so they have been prepared to give up, including that the remaining 20 per cent have been those nonetheless inflicting havoc.
He additionally argued that the federal government ought to have interaction the bandits and supply them with colleges and amnesty in order that they may stay a standard life.
In response to him, the bandits should not greater than 100,000, including that authorities ought to be capable of present for his or her wants.
The cleric revealed that the bandits that kidnapped the Kaduna Greenfield College college students have additionally suspended their preliminary plan to kill the scholars and expressed the hope that they may even regain their freedom.
On whether or not ransom was paid for the discharge of the college of forestry college students, Gumi stated his staff didn’t pay any ransom.
He, nevertheless, added that some mother and father, who have been impatient, went behind his staff to inform the bandits that they have been prepared to pay.
Gumi identified that he didn’t know if these mother and father paid ransom or not.
Reacting to the difficulty of whether or not the scholars have been molested sexually or not, Gumi disclosed infamous bandit who needed to remove a feminine pupil to unknown location to molest her was killed by his colleagues to show the purpose that they weren’t irresponsible however have been simply agitating for higher welfare.
In response to him, the bandits are totally different from the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) and the opposite teams agitating within the South as a result of they imagine within the authorities of Nigeria and different constituted authorities.
Talking earlier on the reception he held for the launched Afaka college students, Gumi requested them to place the ugly previous behind them and pursue their schooling.
“My enchantment to authorities is to interact with the bandits in order that the bandits can abandon their methods.
“They’re already exhibiting indicators that they’re prepared. They’ve grievances, which I believe if we come collectively we will remedy this menace in a really brief time,” he stated.
He known as for the cooperation of governments in any respect ranges to resolve the safety challenges.
“We would like the cooperation of federal, state and native governments; the clergy and different well-meaning Nigerians ought to all come collectively to sit down down and speak,” he stated.
Requested how he secured the discharge of the scholars, Gumi stated: “You don’t negotiate together with your buddy, you negotiate together with your enemy. The very first thing you do is to try to break the ice and break the barrier between you and the individual you might be negotiating with and likewise construct confidence by demonstrating that you’re not going to cheat them or deceive them.
“If there may be that degree of communication, then negotiation comes within the third section.
“These are individuals who have been concerned in this type of criminality for a very long time, we’ve to make use of psychology on them as a result of it’s not doable over evening to simply consent.
“However preaching to them, admonishing them and exhibiting them the best way out of their issues helped rather a lot in getting them to grasp and launch these youngsters.”
Additionally in his remarks former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was represented by Mr. Vitalis Ortese, congratulated everybody for making it doable for the discharge of the scholars and expressed the hope that “this can result in the discharge of different individuals in captivity.”
Talking on behalf of the mother and father, Mr. Friday Sani, expressed gratitude to Gumi and Obasanjo for his or her roles in making certain the discharge of the scholars.
He stated: “We’re right here to understand the emancipating staff led by Sheikh Gumi. He stood by us to the top. We’re blissful that our youngsters are again to us.
“The leaders of tomorrow who will make this nation proud. We wish to give God the glory for what He has carried out for us.
“We’re praying that God will assist them to beat the trauma they went via.
“A few of us have been going out and in of hospitals for them to obtain correct therapy.
“We want the assist of the federal government to rehabilitate these youngsters in order that they are going to be match sufficient to return to high school. As we speak is a contented day for us.”
In the meantime, the mother and father have dismissed speculations that the scholars have been sexually molested whereas in captivity.
In an announcement on Sunday in Kaduna, spokesman of the mother and father, Mr. Abdullahi Usman, stated the speculations being circulated on-line that the scholars have been sexually molested isn’t true.
Usman stated whereas the mother and father have been basking within the pleasure of getting reunited with their youngsters who have been launched unhurt.
“On behalf of the mother and father, we want to set the data straight and hope that this can finish the circulation of the fabrication of the tales. We state in unequivocal phrases that not one of the 37 kidnapped (now freed) Afaka college students have been sexually or homosexually molested by the bandits,” he stated.