Islamic Cleric Sheik Gumi has urged the Federal government to fall on the Central Bank of Nigeria to collect N100m to pay ransom for abducted Greenfield University students.
In a recent interview he conducted with the Punch, he urged the government to secure the ransom from the CN to aid in the rescue of the abducted Greenfield University students.
He said: ”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.”
However, Sheik Guma told AIT in an interview that Boko Haram members were responsible for the abduction. Sheik Gumi said when asked if indeed Boko Haram were the behind the abduction;
”Yes, really because when we tried to trace them and put some sense into them, the contact who is also a Normadic Fulani, they threatened him. They said if he insists on them they were going to catch him and he will have to pay ransom before he gets out.
And the leader is from Jalingo. He is from Adamawa. He is not the local fulani we have here. So this means that North-Eastern element is coming into this area and we have to move fast. We don’t have that luxury of time.
I have been trying to speak with government but nobody is really trying to listen to me or speak with me on this issue.
We are trying to pacify and remove this banditry and they are responding.”