Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, has slammed the controversial Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for claiming that a military offensive will aggravate banditry in Nigeria.
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Adesina, in an essay titled “I like this pampering, Don’t you?,” posted on his Facebook wall on Thursday made cryptic reference to Gumi as a “bandit-lover.”
He cited the cleric’s statement verbatim, stressing that Gumi’s stance on military bombing of outlaws is “wrong.”
Gumi asked the Nigerian government on Monday to award robbers the same amnesty granted to Niger Delta militants.
“Let us face the reality, these herders are going nowhere, and they are already in battle gear, and we know our Military very well, so before things go nasty, we need cold minds to handle this delicate situation,” the Islamic cleric stated in a Facebook post titled “Zamfara: The Flaring Crisis.”
In response, Adesina stated in his piece that bandits are going to hell fire.
Reacting, in his article, Adesina said bandits are going to hell fire.
He wrote, “Before they got to this sorry pass, they had the chance to turn a new leaf. Zamfara, Katsina, and many other states offered dialogue.
‘The governments tried to negotiate with them. But they were contumacious.
“Like dogs fated for destruction, they refused to hear the hunters’ whistle. They filled the land with sorrow, tears, and blood, ‘dem regular trademark’ (as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would say). Now, the shoe is on the other foot.
“In the different evil forests, when the Nigerian Air Force strikes from the sky, the remnants of the evildoers not killed immediately attempt to flee. The ground troops then pick them off like flies. I say it again.
One has never been prouder of our troops. They are cleaning up the country.
“Shocking and disconcerting, however, that in the middle of all these, you still hear words meant to discourage our gallant soldiers. A bandit-lover is on record as saying military offensive would not work, and that the bandits “are going nowhere.” True? False. They are going somewhere. And that is: hell.”