Develop Relationship With Bandits – Sheikh Gumi Advices People That Will Be Kidnapped
Renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi has opened up on his secret with dealing with the bandits and rebels in the North.
According to Gumi, he tries to use diplomacy in his interactions with the bandits as he allows them to be themselves and express their opinions without fear or intimidation.
He posited that he regarding the bandits as humans in the first place with respect before regardless of their present dealings has made him to forge ties with the bandits.
Gumi made the disclosure as he answered questions from students at a lecture in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
In his words: “I go through the door, not the window. If you go through the door, you will go in and come back safely,”
“When we meet them we don’t speak, we give them the microphone to speak even for one hour.
“When we first approached them we saw that they were holding their warrant ready to fire. By the time we finish our meeting, they will hand in their weapons and we will be taking pictures.”
“So this is the power of human interaction which is what we are here to study as social scientists. That is the approach,”
“That is the respect I give them. I say come, come and sit with me. Come and sit down. I want to hear from you. With that respect, the Fulani man, you can get him.
“So don’t be surprised, if you are nice to him, if you are ready to listen to him, if you are trying to understand his problem, if you put your legs in his own shoes, he will listen to you, you will go to the forest and return safely insha Allahu,”