Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, has asked the Nigerian government to seek for financial support worth of ₦100million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to pay ransom for abducted Greenfield University students.
Recall that the Greenfield University students were abducted by the bandits on Sunday, April 18 2021.
Though, according to reports, 5 out of the 22 abducted students have been reportedly killed. One of them was released on Tuesday, May 4 while the remaining 16 are still in captivity. The bandits have threatened to kill the 16 of them if the ransom is not paid on time.
In a recent interview with Punch, Gumi called on the Federal government to collect the sum of ₦100 million naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the bandits so that the abducted students will be released.
”The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.
These people are getting infiltrated; Boko Haram is getting close and they don’t respect the clergy. I need support to get them inoculated against the infiltration of these ideologies, whether Boko Haram or Ansaru, whatever it is. We need to shield them because they are naïve. If there is too much pressure on them, and they see help from Boko Haram, who are richer and have more weapons, it is going to consume everybody.” he said