Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday urged government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of the students of Greenfield University lightly.
He asked the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the N100million ransom demanded by the kidnappers before its too late.
The bandits abducted 23 students and a member of staff of the university from the school on April 20, 2021. So far, 5 of them have been killed when no ransom was paid.
Now they have received over N50million from the parents of the students, but the leader of the gang, Sani Jalingo, who was interview on Hausa service of Voice of America, however said that the money was used to feed their children and that N100million and 10 motorcycles must be paid as ransom before the students will be freed.
Speaking on the issue during a programme on the African Independent Television (AIT), Sheikh Gumi alleged that the support of the government was needed to rescue the students.
“As for the forestry students, we have been trying to see whether we can get some of the herdsmen’s contact so that they can release these people.
“We have also been trying our best but you know we have limitations, there are lots of obstacles on the way but the parents have been really consulting with us.”
On the Greenfield University students, he said; “The issue of the Greenfield students is a little bit more complex.
“There are two groups of bandits. We have the ordinary Fulani ethnic herdsmen and the religious elements, terrorists. That is why we have been telling the government to support us so that we can go in and bring the children out.
“The issue is getting compounded because this element is coming in; Boko Haram is coming into the scene now. They are the ones that captured Greenfield students. It is not a question of sleeping. You have to act very fast.”
“The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.
“These people are getting infiltrated; Boko Haram is getting close and they don’t respect the clergy. I need support to get them inoculated against the infiltration of these ideologies, whether Boko Haram or Ansaru, whatever it is. We need to shield them because they are naïve. If there is too much pressure on them, and they see help from Boko Haram, who are richer and have more weapons, it is going to consume everybody.”
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