Between Caravan Raiding And Banditry


Of recent Islamic leader and cleric Sheikh Gumi has been visiting and mediating with armed bandits (who happen to be Muslims) in various states across the country under the pretext that he is trying to find a peaceful resolution to a so called agitation. Recently he was caught on video instigating the bandits against Christian soldiers and taking into cognisance the sensitive nature of religion in our society, one cannot but question his motive especially given the fact that Islamic history is replete with banditry which they called 'caravan raiding' back then. Given the way that the northern muslim leaders have been treating this issue of banditry and kidnapping with kid's gloves and pampering the kidnappers, one is tempted to believe that they do not see anything wrong with what these bandits are doing given the fact that the prophet of Islam (who happens to be Islam's best example) routinely participated in caravan raiding (banditry) during his life time and even used the proceeds to finance the spread of Islam through jihad. The question arises, since banditry is endorsed in Islam and was even used to support the spread of the religion, could that be why Boko Haram and killer herdsmen are engaging in it? Is it about funding their jihad against southern Nigeria? Is that why the northern muslim leaders are so protective and defensive of these killers? There is definitely an agenda being played out here and islamization is definitely part of the agenda.

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