Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, said he was not acting alone in his ongoing meetings with bandits.
Gumi has come under siege for having meetings with bandits and advocating for amnesty for them. His critics have also called for his arrest.
The cleric disclosed that government officials were at all the meetings he has held with the criminals.
“I’m not the first person that started dialoguing with them (bandits). I only added value and I find them to be religious; religion is the only thing that teaches you that blood has sanctity. So this is the religious angle.
‘’I’m trying to gather them and teach them that there is sanctity to life. They cannot kill, rape and so on. This is the addition I hope will work. Note, I never visited these bandits without a government official, but they are in the background.
“All the bandits we met were with government officials, and that is why I said those calling for my arrest are clowns,” he told newsmen.