Yoruba centered Pan sociocultural group, Afenifere has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore plea by controversial Islamic cleric; Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi calling amnesty for bandits therefore asking him to declare the bandits as terrorists and national threats.
In a communiqué signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, at the end of its October meeting, held at the residence of its Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The group bemoan the state of insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities ravaging the country saying that these vices continued to grow in spite of government’s self acclaimed victory over violence.
Afenifere said it joined the National Assembly and several others on the call that “those who have been kidnapping, and killing the people be declared as terrorists and be treated as such.”
The group described as unfortunate, the attitude of the authorities on the issue of security, regretting that government “has not succeeded in stemming the increasing spate of insecurity in the country.”
The group condemn the acts of Sheikh Gumi who had in recent time warned President Buhari against declaring bandits as terrorists, maintaining that such declaration would trigger a peace collapse in the country thereby worsening the already worse security status of the country.
According to Gumi, bandits killing and kidnapping innocent souls in the north and other parts of the country should be given amnesty, claiming that they are fighting for their rights.
On the contrary, Afenifere said bandits and terrorists were “getting emboldened to perpetuate their nefarious activities.”
While stating that it was ironic that some individuals were seeking clemency for terrorists, the group emphasised that “whoever deodorizes or abets evil is culpable.”
But, Afenifere disagreed with Gumi, calling on Buhari and the Federal Government to ignore his advice in its entirety.
The group insisted that bandits should not only be declared as terrorists, but also be given the treatment of terrorists.