El-Rufai rejects Gumi’s peace deal with kidnappers


By Ismail Auwal

The Governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has rejected Sheikh Abubakar Gumi’s peace deal, while stressing that what is needed now is a strong coordinated fight to end their criminal activities not negotiations.

El-Rufai, in an interview with BBC Hausa, said that he did not believe a herdsman who is used to earning millions of naira after kidnapping operation should be considered for a peace deal.

“A Fulani herdsman that was used to only getting a hundred thousand naira in a year, after selling a cow, but now obtains millions of naira from ransom for kidnapping will ever stop.”

“Sheikh Gumi is my friend. What we discussed about the herdsmen was different from what he is doing now,” said El-rufai.

And I believe anyone that tells me the approach is realistic, I will not subscribe to it. He is only deceiving himself, they will not stop.

The Governor argued that the criminal herdsmen that kill hundreds of people, burn people’s houses and properties don’t deserve any compensation.

He also lamented how northern governors lack coordinated efforts in the fight against insecurity in the region.

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