Pay Repentant Boko Haram Terrorists and Bandits a Monthly Stipend of N25000 – Methodist Prelate Urges Buhari
His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche, Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pay repentant Boko Haram members and bandits N25,000 monthly stipends.
Hunger and poverty, according to Kanu-Uche, drove Northerners to embrace terror and banditry.
He emphasized that such stipends would deter young people from engaging in terrorism.
In an address to journalists yesterday in Abuja, the cleric urged the Federal Government not to underestimate the influence of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in the fight against banditry.
He stated that Gumi could assist the government in developing measures to combat banditry in the North.
Gumi’s access to bandits in the North, according to Kanu-Uche, could be used to beat them into submission.
The Islamic scholar from Kaduna had met with the leadership of bandits in their various locations on several occasions.
Gumi recently urged the government to grant them unconditional amnesty.
The Methodist Prelate, on the other hand, stated, “Who are those collecting ransom for bandits?” If the government engages Gumi positively rather than criticizing him, he will be able to bring about a solution. You don’t dismiss him by saying he’s a bad person.
“If he goes to the bush and they (bandits) trust him, the government can talk to them.”
“Let me tell you, politicians are using these boys.” I’m telling you to paraphrase me.
“If you hire them and pay them N25,000 per month, they will not kidnap you.” “All they care about is food.”