Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has stated that Nigeria was under the captivity of bandits.
Gumi spoke during a prayer session organised by Jama’iyyar Matan Arewa for the 62 kidnapped passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train on Thursday in Kaduna.
The prayer session, which attracted religious leaders from both the Muslim and Christian faiths, was held at the JMA headquarters in Kaduna.
Gumi, who led the Muslim prayer, assured the families of the kidnapped passengers that the prayers would make the captives feel divine presence as God would comfort them.
The cleric urged the Federal Government to give to the bandits what their demands were in order for the victims who had spent over 40 days in their den to regain their freedom.
He said, “Whatever they (the terrorists) want, give it to them so that they can release these people and when they release them then, you are at the liberty, 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.
“When we pray, we pray for the whole nation because it is not only the families of the victims that are affected, the whole nation is under captivity. So we pray to God to release us from this captivity, release us from this oppression to unite this nation on the right path. This should be our prayer constantly until they are released.”