- President Buhari has hailed the late Lawan Andimi, a leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa state
- The president in an op-ed said Andimi's faith should inspire all Nigerians, noting that the slain CAN leader rendered helps to Boko Haram victims, irrespective of their religions
- President added that both Muslims and Christians have been victims of the terrorists but noted that 90% of Boko Haram victims are Muslims
- Quoting Quranic and Biblical verses, the president noted the Islam and Christianity have a lot in common, adding that the religions condemn violence and terrorism
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 90% of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency have been Muslims, noting that the insurgents' focus now is to divide Nigerians along religious lines.
President Buhari, however, added that both Muslims and Christians have been victims of the terrorists.
The president said this in an opinion piece made available by one of his spokesmen, Femi Adesina, where he condemned the terrorist efforts' to divide Christians and Muslims in the country.
“Indeed, it is the reality that some 90 percent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims: they include a copycat abduction of over 100 Muslim schoolgirls, along with their single Christian classmate; shootings inside mosques; and the murder of two prominent imams,” he said.
Buhari also eulogized Lawan Andimi, a leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa state recently executed by Boko Haram terrorists.
President said the deceased Christian leader was a selfless man who rendered helps to victims of Boko Haram victims, both Christians and Muslims, adding that his faith should inspire Nigerians.
He noted that his administration, with the assistance of the international community, has to a great extent defeated the insurgents, adding that they are no longer unified but fractured into several rival factions.
He said that the insurgents have failed in their efforts to capture territories, adding that their focus is now to turn Christians against Muslims in the country.
President Buhari urged Christian and Muslim leaders and all Nigerians not to fall for the bait of the terrorists to divide the country along religious line.
He also condemned the ideology of insurgents, stating the no religion preaches violence.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo joined his principal, Buhari, on Tuesday, January 21, on the latter's declaration that his administration would make Boko Haram pay for the killing Rev Andimi.
Osinbajo said he was lost for the right words to use in describing the killing of Andimi, who was kidnapped by the terrorists in Adamawa.
"Words fail me as I share my heartfelt sympathy with the family of Rev Lawal Andimi. The senseless killing of the bishop despite ongoing efforts to secure his freedom further reiterates the callous and irrational nature of the Boko Haram terrorists," he said.
President Buhari had in the evening of Tuesday, January 21, sent a tough message to the terrorists attacking the country saying they will pay heavily for their crimes.
Buhari said the action of the sect in killing Andimi is provocative and inhuman.
The president's anger, the report said, stemmed from the killing of a chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) by the terrorists.
Lawan Andimi was head of the Michika local government area, Adamawa state branch of CAN.
He was abducted by the insurgents who carried out attacks on communities.
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