Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Sunday said the amnesty he proposed for bandits in the North should be extended to the Fulani involved in kidnappings in the South.
Gumi, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, also said the bandits involved in kidnappings were not foreigners, but Nigerians.
The prominent cleric had after a meeting with bandits in Zamfara State forests two weeks urged government to grant them amnesty.
He also met bandits along Kaduna-Abuja road, which had witnessed a series of kidnappings and killings.
After the kidnapping at Kagara, Niger State on Wednesday, Gumi also visited the state and held a meeting with some bandits.
Justifying his call for extension of amnesty to the South, Gumi said everyone carrying a gun should also be included for the country to have a fresh start.
He noted that northern governors, except Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had accepted his reaching out to bandits in the North.