The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi of promoting banditry in Northern Nigeria.
According to the association, the cleric was responsible for the increasing banditry activities in the North.
Rev Divine Eche, the chairman of the Imo State chapter of CAN, made the remark. He spoke while addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, September 17.
Eche also called on the government to review Gumi’s activities in a bid to checkmate insecurity in the North.
“You can’t, in a sane nation, have the likes of Sheikh Gumi, a religious scholar; going about promoting banditry and you don’t think that this will continue.
“Yet, that is what we are seeing today. We are not seeing anything more than what we have planted.
“We allowed this thing (insecurity) to continue and it is now going to consume the nation if drastic measures are not put in place to take them (Almajiri) out of the streets.
“Give them a sense of belonging. Put them in school, and help them realize their potential,” the CAN Chairman said.
Gumi is known for having access to bandits unleashing terror in the Northern part of the country.
The Kaduna-based Islamic scholar had severally met with these bandits across their hideouts with the aim of negotiating with them to lay down their arms.
Gumi had asked the Federal Government to create a Ministry of Nomadic Affairs.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has restated commitment and determination to amend the 1999 Constitution, to meet the yearnings of all Nigerians before the end of the ninth assembly.
The spokesman for the Reps, Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), while addressing newsmen on Thursday, September 16, in Abuja; urged Nigerians to be patient with the parliament as amendment processes had reached an advanced stage.
“We started in 2020 to reshape the Constitution of Nigeria which is almost becoming obsolete because the society is dynamic; and as society progresses, different needs are defined and ways of solving those needs should be found in the grand norm.
“So that in the end, we can boldly say that the preamble of our constitution; which says “We the people of Nigeria” will indeed be a true reflection of we the people of Nigeria,’’ he said.