The national debate on whether to grant general amnesty to the bandits as propagated by Sheik Gumi has gathered momentous reactions. John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said yesterday in Minna, Niger State:
“We should not be living in a country where you are always with your heart in your mouth when you are moving from one place to the other.
“We should not be living in a country where children cannot study in peace in their schools and where bandits – whatever you call them – from nowhere come and cart away 30, 40 children and their teachers into the bush. And then sit there somewhere and are boasting, calling for dialogue. And even government agencies talking about reaching out.
“That’s not the right thing to do. It is about time that we have a government which takes care of the people. This is not political. It has nothing to do with PDP, APC. And we have now seen, it has nothing to do with Islam or Christianity, not even with our tribal differences.
“We have a large gang of criminals that have almost taken over our country. The government should either do it or allow others to do it.”