Controversial Islamic scholar, Dr. Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has requested the Nigerian navy to offer proof of bombardment and the killing of two infamous bandits kingpins at Zamfara forest final week.
Gumi additionally insisted that what was required to win the warfare was dialogue.
The media advisor to the cleric, Tukur Mamu, who spoke on behalf of Gumi, instructed newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday that most often, harmless lives died throughout raids by the Nigerian navy.
He famous that in one among their visits to a forest in Niger State, bandits confirmed them an entire settlement that had nothing to do with banditry, bombarded by the air drive.
He stated, “The easy query is that we must always ask ourselves from these stories that they’re saying that they’ve bombarded this camp and that camp, is there any proof on the bottom?
“There’s a specific forest we visited in Niger State. The entire of the settlement had been bombarded. This settlement has nothing to do with bandits. In truth, they confirmed us two wells filled with harmless individuals, lifeless, casualties of those bombardments.
“That’s precisely what these bandits have been telling us. They stated at any time when we hear the sound of an plane, we run to our caves after which run. If they are going to achieve killing anyone, it’s the babies, the wives or the cows.
“That’s their very own testimony. So, you’ll be able to think about a rustic the place, for instance, bandits would collect in a forest and be celebrating. You don’t even have the intelligence to trace them and eradicate them. Then, you say you’ll achieve killing them.
“I hear them yesterday celebrating the reported loss of life of bandit chief. So, for instance, if you happen to kill one bandit chief and one other one emerges, what profit did you derive?
“For instance, you killed Dogo Gide, an individual extra dreaded than him emerged. After they killed Buharin Daji, Turji emerged. So, what’s the success there? And for us to even be celebrating. There’s nothing to have a good time, the one factor we will have a good time is that if our navy succeeds in crushing all of them and so they can not.”
Going into dialogue with the bandits, he stated, was not an indication of weak spot, noting that the peace loved within the oil-rich Niger Delta, was because of dialogue the late President Umaru Yar’Adua entered with the militants there.
“It’s a must to handle so many financial points and so many problems with injustice. After which so that you can pursue the trail of dialogue. It’s not an indication of weak spot. That’s what Yar’Adua initiated in Niger Delta.
“Do you suppose the silence we used to listen to now from Niger Delta is due to weapons? Is it due to navy may? There are various high militant commanders which have been on the payroll of the Federal Authorities for the previous eight years. They’re the richest now, high militants, commanders.
“However it is a silent difficulty that no person is aware of. However that’s the reason why you’ll be able to discover oil after which exploit it. The one cause why their very own is completely different is as a result of the Federal Authorities is aware of that in the event that they didn’t do one thing there, it can have an effect on the entire economic system. That’s the problem,” he added.
Recall that the pan-Northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Discussion board, via its Nationwide Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, had showered encomiums on the Nigerian Air Power over the onslaught that killed the 2 infamous bandits within the Zamfara forest.
Ogbeh urged the navy to maintain the onslaught till the bandits surrendered.