President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday disclosed that he was “distressed and depressed by the atrocious ethnoreligious killings” throughout the nation.
Speaking when he obtained leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, led by Rev Dr Dachollom Datiri, on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari appealed to Nigerians to study to stay collectively in peace and concord.
Buhari urged non secular, neighborhood and conventional leaders to do extra in selling peaceable co-existence amongst Nigerians at totally different walks of life.
He mentioned, ”As an organised establishment (COCIN), I’ve no motive to doubt your report on the atrocities being dedicated in your communities together with the killing of Idris Alkali, a retired Major-General, the dumping of his automobile right into a pond and the physique of the deceased thrown right into a disused nicely.
”The communities (in Plateau) have lived lengthy sufficient to know that there’s nothing they will do with out one another than to stay collectively in concord.
”As leaders, we should persuade the upcoming era, utilizing each channel notably the academic establishments, to stay along with our neighbours.’’
Buhari, who used the event to underscore the vital roles non secular leaders play in engendering peace, lauded the exemplary position of the Imam in Plateau State who risked his life to avoid wasting a whole bunch of Christian households fleeing assaults, in June.
”It just isn’t all Muslims which might be in opposition to Christians and neither are all Christians in opposition to Muslims. The management within the respective religions must work tougher to ensure they persuade the approaching era that they must stay collectively in the identical nation,” he mentioned.
The President assured the Christian delegation that he’ll proceed to exert strain on the Nigeria Police Force to do the needful in defending lives and property.
”In our safety association, the police is within the frontline in ensuring that communities, no matter ethnic or non secular bias, stay collectively in peace,” he mentioned, including that “Nigeria cannot afford to take its unity for granted and allow a return to the unfortunate perils of a civil war.”