Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi on Friday disclosed that he would lock the presidential villa if his child were to be among the abducted Kaduna students.
The cleric reportedly said he empathized with the Federal Government given the fact that it had to decide between choosing to pay ransom to free the captives or gamble with the lives of the students.
This comes days after he drew criticism for urging the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release the N100 million demanded by the abductors of Greenfield University students kidnapped in April.
Speaking on the issue on Friday, the controversial cleric stated that the presidency had to choose between the option of saving the lives of students or paying the N100 million.
“Life versus material; that is how you will look at it. It is the absolute responsibility of the government to protect lives. Now we have lives or N100 million at stake and these lives of 17 innocent young children,” he said.
“I can’t imagine if my child is there. I can never keep quiet. I will go and lock Aso Rock, if my child is there. They are my children too.
“What is N100 million? So, what I’m saying is, free these children then the field is open for you to whatever action you have. It is between bandits and N100 million. I do not want the struggle between bandits and lives.
“This is just simple logic. It does not require any rocket science. How can you play with lives? You can play with your money, but you can’t play with peoples’ lives. They just went there to study.”