The pan Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere has told President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists, asking him to ignore the call for mercy by the controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.
Gumi had recently warned President Buhari against declaring bandits as terrorists, maintaining that such declaration would come with a big price.
He argued that bandits killing and kidnapping innocent souls in the north and other parts of the country should be given amnesty, claiming that they are fighting for their rights.
But, Afenifere disagreed with Gumi, calling on Buhari and the Federal Government to not only declare them as terrorists, but also be given the treatment of terrorists.
Afenifere spoke through a communiqué signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, at the end of its October meeting, held at the residence of its Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The Yoruba leaders lamented that insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities had continued to fester in spite of claims by government that it was winning the war against insecurity.
While expressing dissatisfaction with the way the government at the centre had been tackling insecurity, Afenifere said it joined the National Assembly and several others on the call that “those who have been kidnapping, and killing the people be declared as terrorists and be treated as such.”