|Bishop David Oyedepo|
Also President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians, are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason whatsoever.
The President said this when he met Thursday with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) from 19 Northern States and Abuja soliciting their assistance in bringing to an end the spate of killings in the Middle Belt and Zamfara.
Buhari added that it is Satanic for anyone to suggest that he is indifferent about the carnage ‘When some, for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the killings, and that I, being Fulani, must be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of men.
Here is the text of the president’s speech I thank you very much for taking the time to pay this visit today and for the issues you have raised.
The recent killings in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau are wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts.
We, Nigerians, are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason whatsoever.
This is why we must all rise as one to condemn these vile and wicked acts to ensure that all the culprits are brought to justice.
We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the conflicts to a decisive end.
I assure you that we will do this.
Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many.
I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced.
The military and police have arrested hundreds of suspects across the various flash-points in the region and several prosecutions are going on. In a number of cases, we have seen convictions.
Nigerians are right when they say they want to see more convictions and I would like to appeal to the judiciary to help us fast-track these cases.
When some, for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the killings, and that I, being Fulani, must be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of men.
Otherwise, how can anyone in their right minds suggest that I, as an elected President even with substantial votes in the affected areas, will for any reason do harm by an act of omission to those same people? Secondly, the problems in all these areas, as you all know, are historical. There is no administration that has not had to contend with killings in these same areas over the years.
Indeed, in 2001, you may recall that after thousands were killed in Plateau State, a State of Emergency was declared and a Governor was replaced by an Administrator.
To suggest that our Administration is doing nothing is terribly unfair. We must not forget that the same Plateau State which has been crisis-ridden for years has in the past three years been celebrated for its peacefulness.
The Governor’s hard work for peace and the presence of the military’s Operation Safe Haven must have had some impact. In recent weeks, we have beefed up its strength with the deployment of extra Special Forces from the Defence headquarters.
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