Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has advised the federal government to pay ransom to the terrorists holding the 62 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train.
He spoke during the special prayers organised for the victims by the Jama’iyyar Matan Arewa (JMA), on Thursday in Kaduna.
Terrorists had on March 28 attacked the train, killing nine passengers and abducting 62 others.
Gumi said, “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.
“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 speech, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, challenged leaders to do the right thing and ensure the safe return of the victims.
The President of JMA, Hajiya Rabi Musa Saulawa, said the association decided to organise special prayers to pray for the safe return of the victims, and the country in general.
The prayer session was attended by Muslim and Christian leaders.