By Ade Oye
An Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the N100m ransom being demanded by the kidnappers of the students of Greenfield University, Kaduna.
He said the federal government should not take the threat by the kidnappers lightly.
Gumi, who stated this in an interview with newsmen said , “ 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 threatened that the failure of the Kaduna State Government or families of the students to meet the demands by Tuesday (yesterday), would lead to the killing of the abductees.