…Says, “No more killing of Greenfield students, negotiation ongoing.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that bandits have agreed not to kill the remaining students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who are still in their captivity.
The bandits had threatened to kill the students in captivity last Tuesday, if their parents failed to pay a N100 million ransom in addition to 10 motorcycles.
Gumi, who disclosed this when parents of the recently freed students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, visited him, also said negotiation was ongoing for the release of the (remaining) students of the privately-owned university.
The cleric said the release of the Afaka students had shown optimism in negotiation process and recalled the role he and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo played before the Afaka students were freed.
Said Gumi, “The talk with the Greenfield University students’ abductors is also going on. You know, they threatened to kill all of them after a particular deadline, but after talking to them, they are now lowering their bar.
“So, we’re thankful they have stopped killing; and we are still negotiating with them. I hope this Afaka case will also encourage us to know that there is hope in negotiation and release of the children.”
The cleric said the bandits, while attacking the government, attacked government institutions and “innocent” children.
He said, “The role myself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo played in the release of the 27 Afaka students is the role of mediators, because the fight is not between us and them but between the bandits and the government.
“What we understand is that these people are trying to attack the government by attacking the government institutions and take innocent children.
“Having understood that, we came to the conclusion that this is not a hopeless situation and that we can really go in and negotiate for the release of these children, which we did after so many ups-and-downs.
“But, in the long run, a conclusion was reached and these children are out. So, we are happy that all of them are out and none was killed,” he stated.