President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the reported killing of some Christian hostages by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno state on Christmas Day.
The Nigerian president in a statement through one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu, on Friday, December 27, said he was shocked by the death of innocent hostages at the hands of the terrorists he described as mass murderers. “I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities,”
the president said.
“We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.
Buhari said as the president, the collective security of all Nigerians is his major preoccupation and the death of an innocent Christian or Muslim distresses him. He said the terrorists had no clearly defined agenda except the indiscriminate killing of innocent people, contrary to the teachings of Islam, which prohibits massacre.
“No true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while killing innocent people, an evil frequently condemned by the Holy Qur’an,”
the president said. “These agents of darkness are enemies of our common humanity and they don’t spare any victim, whether they are Muslims or Christians, and therefore, we shouldn’t let them divide us and turn us against one another. “The goal of these psychopaths is to cause confusion and spread distrust between Muslims and Christians, despite the fact that they aren’t representing the interest of Muslims or Islam.”
Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would not relax in its the war against terrorism and vowed to intensify efforts defeating the terrorists. He asked Nigerians to be united against terrorists and avoid unhelpful conspiracy theories that serve the interest of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP.