Glimmers of hope have begun to emerge for the restoration of security and peace in the terror-troubled Nigerian Northwest region, with Christian clerics in the region proposing an alliance with their Muslim counterparts to comb the herder communities on a ‘reorientation mission’ against armed banditry and kidnapping.
This development comes on the heel of the current forays by Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, the renowned Kaduna Muslim Cleric, into the Zaria-Giwa-Birnin Gwari axis and sections of Southern Kaduna on pacification and peace-making mission to Fulani herdsmen communities allegedly producing the main population of armed bandits and kidnappers.
Over the last fortnight, Gumi, accompanied by a group of other Muslim clerics, security agents, reportedly on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, and other relevant persons had forayed into the bushes of the axis, meeting hundreds of Fulani herders there, pacifying them against crimes and interfacing with them on their grievances.
“That is one of the best moves ever taken by any individual to curtail the insecurity ravaging Northern Nigeria,” said Pastor Yohanna YD Buru, the Founder of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria (PRRFN) in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“We (the Foundation) are extending our hand of fellowship to him (Sheikh Gumi) whenever he wants us to join him in this noble venture for a spiritual fight against insecurity in Northern Nigeria,” Buru added.
He called on Christain and Muslim clerics to join in the campaign for the restoration of peace and security in the region.
“We are calling on all Christian clerics to join us and Sheikh Gumi to fight for a secure Northern Nigeria, and we also call on all other Muslim clerics to emulate him for this purpose,” the Christian cleric said.
“We (PRRFN) are proposing, and we are a hundred per cent ready, to take the high risk and make the huge sacrifice to venture into the bush with him in this venture,” he stressed, adding, “the situation of Northern Nigeria now needs synergy among adherents of all religions and even the pagans.”
Pastor Buru observed: “Nobody can tell you that he is happy with what is happening in Northern Nigeria today,” saying, “we want an end to insurgency and all forms of terror to guarantee peace and development.”
He called on government, civil society organizations and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) across Northern Nigeria to support Sheikh Gumi on the venture.
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