Gumi, who has been visiting bandits in the forest in an attempt to negotiate peace deals with them, alleged "the military doesn’t want this conflict to end because of the billions of naira they claim for fighting insurgency. So, the military is not cooperating."
Reacting in an interview with Sahara Reporters on Monday, Yerima said the military has lot of regard for the Islamic cleric and don't want to be confrontational with him,
“We are just coming into this regime, when I say we, I mean the presence of the Chief of Army Staff, how many days has he spent as Chief of Army Staff? We are giving our best to the country.
“We don’t know what Gumi is saying that we are benefiting from the insurgency, all we know is to protect the lives of Nigerians, our duty is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
“I don’t know who the beneficiaries are, what is our benefit? Is he talking about buying of equipment? Is it going to our pocket? It’s not, the equipment is to fight insurgency. I think it’s unfortunate, we respect him, we don’t want in any way to be confrontational with him.”