A renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has compared bandits to Boko Haram insurgents.
Gumi made it clear that bandits are citizens that recognize the government, while Boko Haram are internationally connected.
He disclosed this on a Channels Television Programme, Politics Today while clarifying that the armed herdsmen are not Boko Haram terrorists.
According to him: “I can say categorically that they’re not Boko Haram, but we’ve to be very careful.
“The Boko Haram we know are internationally connected, but so far, they’re not Boko Haram; they’ve some elements of Boko Haram, and they presented it to the government.
“They are citizens, they recognize the government, and they are happy now that Boko Haram is not involved in their cause. We should come in now and give them the full teachings of Islam.”
Recall that Gumi had met with bandits who abducted students and some members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State last week.