If the words of Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi are anything to go by, the Muhammadu Buhari government is in talks with several bandits who have been terrorising Nigerians.
Gumi is of the opinion that negotiating with these bandits is better than treating them like the terrorists many people believe they are.
As we speak, the bandits that recently kidnapped about 21 persons in Zungeru, Niger State, just released some pictures.
They released a video too. In the images and footage making rounds online, one of the bandits (or terrorists) is seen bearing a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher. Their kidnap victims were also on display in the video and images.
“An RPG is a shoulder-fired missile weapon that launches rockets equipped with an explosive warhead,” Wikipedia authors say.
“Most RPGs can be carried by an individual soldier, and are frequently used as anti-tank weapons.
“These warheads are affixed to a rocket motor which propels the RPG towards the target and they are stabilized in flight with fins.
“Some types of RPG are reloadable with new rocket-propelled grenades, while others are single-use.”
Nigerians are not taking the news as lightly as they say the Buhari government is.
“Are we a nation or a failed nation? Their (Fulani) sympathisers should continue advocating for them, when it gets to their turn then we’ll know if they will advocate for them again.”
Another Twitter user, Olisechuks_, said:
“And to think that senate had to meet because of bleaching cream regulation with all the issues bothering the country is heartbreaking. This is the worst government ever. Bandits kidnapping and making videos with their faces and with heavy weapons is a slap to the face.”
Twitter user @BlackAlaric gave “insight” into how these weapons and bandits make their way from neighbouring countries into Nigeria:
“I lived in Niger State for three months at the Kainji Game Reserve and I will dare to tell you this. Niger State is their route from Mali for arm trafficking, especially that triborder area of Sokoto-Niger by Benin Republic where there is no single patrol.”
The question remains: what will Buhari do?
What should he do?