Prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi says it is unscrupulous to compare the activities of criminal herdsmen with those of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The preacher, who is famous for having access to bandits, said herdsmen’s crimes measure significantly lower than those of IPOB.
When speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi advocated for “fairness” in the comparison between the two groups, saying one “is killing our gallant men” and the other is “kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them”.
“IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service,” he said.
”And the herdsmen are kidnapping children not to kill them but to get money; so how can you compare somebody who is killing our gallant men directly to somebody who is kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them. Look, we need some fairness in what we are doing.”
Bandits have abducted more than 800 schoolchildren across the north since December 2020.
The security challenge has culminated into the death of several students, notably the killing of five Greenfield University students.
From the time IPOB inaugurated its militia arm called Eastern Security Network (ESN) a few months ago, attacks on security operatives and government facilities have surged. Some security personnels have also been killed by the militia.