Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, says it is unfair to compare the activities of criminal herdsmen with those of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The vocal scholar, who is known to have access to bandits, said the crimes of herdsmen weigh significantly lesser than those of IPOB.
Speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, June 23, Gumi called for “fairness” in the comparison between the two groups.
According to him, one “is killing our gallant men”, while the other is “kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them”.
He said; “IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service.
”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 kidnapped over 800 school children across the north since December 2020.
The security challenge has led to the death several students, notably the killing of five Greenfield University students.
In the last two months, attacks on security operatives and government infrastructure in the south-east have surged and government as well as political stakeholders have alleged that IPOB militia arm Eastern Security Network (ESN) is linked to some of the attacks.