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People Calling For My Arrest Are Not Different From Bandits – Sheikh Gumi Says

The controversial Islamic cleric, Dr. Abubakar Ahmad Gumi while being interviewed by Premium Times and told that many angry Nigerians have called on the government to arrest him for allegedly sponsoring and supporting the bandits. He answered by saying that “It is a constitutional right for someone to express his views, so long you are not calling for violence or to harm anybody. These people calling for my arrest, I don’t see them as different from the bandits. To say that I am supporting or sponsoring bandits is malicious. I am just trying to cure them in my way.”

Gumi has been advocating for the right of bandits in Nigeria by asking the government to not declare them as terrorists but rather should negotiate with them on what they want and the need for bandits to embrace peace. Gumi has met with bandits several times and was negotiating with them, but recently when the government declared them as terrorists, Gumi reneged and promise not to be bandits’ advocates because of the new names given to them.

Why he was doing this and romancing the bandits, Nigerians have asked the government to order his arrest. But the truth is that in Nigeria there is freedom of speech and movement where any citizen has the right to speak his/her opinion, except if the opinion is fake and tends to create disunity and smear campaign against the country.

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