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Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has called on the federal government to pay ransom to the terrorists who are currently holding the 62 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train.
The renowned cleric made the call when he spoke during the special prayers organised for the victims by the Jama’iyyar Matan Arewa (JMA), yesterday in Kaduna.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that terrorists had on March 28 attacked the train, killing no fewer than passengers and abducting 62 others.
Gumi stated that, ‘Just imagine now, people are paying up to N25 billion to buy forms instead of using the money to pay ransom for poor Nigerians who cannot pay.
‘Whatever they want, give it to them, so that they release these people and when they release them then, you have the liberty.
He went on to add that; ‘You have the opportunity to deal with them the way they deserve because when they have captives, you have to tread with caution so that their captives will not be injured.’
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, called on the leaders to do the right thing and ensure the safe return of the victims who are presently going through untold pain and hardship.
The President of JMA, Hajiya Rabi Musa Saulawa, pointed out that the association decided to organise special prayers to pray for the safe return of the victims, and the country in general.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the prayer session was attended by Muslim and Christian leaders.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) had last week revealed that the track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored following last month’s attack on the railway by bandits.
The Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Fidet Okhiria, confirmed the development in a statement issued by Director Operations of the NRC, Mr Niyi Alli, yesterday in Lagos.
Okhiria explained that the south end of the tracks, destroyed by explosion, has been successfully joined with the north end.