Nigerians must stop calling bandits criminals – Sheikh Gumi

Sheikh Gumi: image launderer and spokesman for terrorists and bandits
Sheikh Gumi: image launderer and spokesman for terrorists and bandits
Sheikh Ahmad Gummi: says bandits should not be called criminals

Renowned Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said Nigerians must stop labeling bandits as criminals.

He said this must be done so that bandits can surrender their weapons and embrace peace.

Speaking on Arise Television on Thursday monitored Gumi also berated the media, He accused journalists of fuelling the insecurity problem by describing the bandits as criminals.

He said if the media wants them to surrender, they should not be castigated and referred to as criminals but nice words should be used to describe them.

“You’re emphasising on criminality, even the press are criminals too because they are putting oil into fire.

“These people are listening to you, you should not address them as criminals if you want them to succumb,” he said

He added: “Youths are ready to put down their weapons, now you are calling them criminals. How do you want them to cooperate?

“So you have to show them they are Nigerians, that they should not hurt children, be law-abiding. This is the language we want to hear, the press should assist us in getting the boys.

“You see when we talk with them with nice words, they are ready to listen to us, put down their weapons but when the language is about criminality, killing them, then this is what we will keep having.”

Citing the recent threat made by Niger-Delta militants, he said Nigeria is facing a nationwide problem and that the country should listen to their demands and strike out the word “criminality”.

“Let me show you something, I don’t wish you harm but if you are stopped by armed robbers on the road, you will not use the word criminal on them.

“Tell them good things so that you will save yourself. We are trying to save the nation from these youths that have a false sense of authority. The language we use is very important,” he said.

“We have a problem now, proliferation of arms, and there are drugs and semi-illiterate population. How do you deal with it? By castigating them and abusing them in the media?

“You’re talking to yourself, they don’t even listen to you so the best for us is the clergymen, the respected people, elderly try to reach them.

“Put sense into them, when you go, they lower their heads, they will listen, they will start giving excuses, accept their excuse but show them the way out. We are trying to nurture them out of this criminality.

“You have the power of media, you should use it to bring people together not try to spread things that divide people.”


  1. Bandits are not criminals but Sowore and Amotekun are. Bandits are not criminals but EndSars kids are. Bandits are not criminals but IPOB who just wanna extricate themselves from Zoo are. Where is Tinunbu, Aregbesola, Fashola and the errand boy Osinbajo?. Yeye the smell.

  2. This man is undoubtedly the OSAMA BIN LADEN of Nigeria. He is not a religious leader but a very dangerous terrorist hiding under religion.

  3. The country Nigeria is a one indivisible nation. But some of the people in the Country does not want others to call bandit names because they themselves encourage and created the bandits and Boko Haram that are all over the country terrorising people. Must a Kidnapper, killer herder or armed rubber be called “Angel” “Peace” so that they can surrender illegal guns they are using to terrorise theirs and other regions including killing and abduction of innocent people to make money? Asking Nigerians not to call Kidnappers “CRIMINAL” is itself criminal in speech.

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