Gumi Confirms Invitation by Security Agencies Over Banditry Comments

Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has acknowledged being invited by security agencies regarding his comments on the activities of bandits in Nigeria.
This confirmation follows remarks made by the Minister of Information and Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosing the invitation during a recent statement.
Minister Idris emphasized that Sheikh Gumi, despite his stature, is subject to the law and would face interrogation if deemed necessary by security agencies, particularly regarding any reckless statements made.
The invitation to Sheikh Gumi comes in the wake of his persistent advocacy for amnesty for bandits, citing alleged government neglect and marginalization as factors driving individuals toward banditry.
His recent radio interview further stirred controversy, prompting scrutiny of his purported connections with various bandit groups.
The cleric’s association with bandits, evidenced by photographs and public appearances, has sparked calls from some quarters for his arrest over alleged ties with terrorist organizations.
Taking to his Facebook page on Tuesday, Sheikh Gumi described his interaction with security agencies as productive, focusing on strategies to combat banditry in the North West region.
He reassured the public, stating that there was no cause for alarm, and expressed gratitude to well-wishers and journalists who reached out to him during this period.
He wrote: “Last night I got many frantic calls from well-wishers and journalists about a news item that I was interviewed by security. There is absolutely no cause for alarm.
“Yes, we had a productive interaction on how to curb banditry as we are all trying — each in his own sphere — to tackle the monster bedevilling the nation. There was no animosity but courtesy and full of respect.
“We all need as a nation to unite and work in synergy to achieve an everlasting peace.”
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