Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has declared that bandits are peaceful people.
Gumi said bandits are victims of circumstances.
Speaking on Channels Televisionâ€™s Politics Today, the Islamic teacher, however, condemned the act of criminality by bandits.
He stressed that bandits were forced into criminality.
â€œWhen I listened to them, I found out that it is a simple case of criminality which turned into banditry, which turned into ethnic war, and some genocide too behind the scene; people donâ€™t know.
â€œThere is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing crime.
â€œI think it is a population that is pushed by circumstances into criminality.
â€œAnd this is what we should look at, letâ€™s remove the pressure, letâ€™s remove the things that made them into criminals because we have lived thousands of years without any problems with the nomadic herdsmen. They are peaceful people. But something happened that led them to this.â€