President Muhammadu Buhari says those who murdered defenseless citizens in cold blood do not represent the tenets of Islam.
The President said on Twitter he was distressed by the killing of innocent hostages by agents of darkness who are determined to create confusion between the Muslim and Christian community.
“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.
“We should under no circumstances let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims, because these barbaric killers do not represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding
Muslims around the world”, Buhari stressed.
He vowed that as President, “the collective security of all Nigerians is my major preoccupation and the death of an innocent Christian or Muslim distresses me.
“No true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while killing innocent people, an evil frequently condemned by the Holy Qur’an.
Describing them as “agents of darkness”, the President said the murderers were “enemies of our common humanity”  who do not “spare any victim, whether they are Muslims or Christians”.
Urging Nigerians  not to allow these blood thirsty elements to divide them,  Buhari emphasized  that the aim of the evil doers is to spread distrust within the Nigerian populace.
“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.
“While I condemn this evil, I wish to reassure Nigerians that this administration will not lower its guard in the war against terrorism.
“We will continue to intensify our efforts towards strengthening international cooperation and collaboration to break the backbone of these evil doers” the President promised.
He appealed to all Nigerians “to stand united against terrorism” and “avoid unhelpful conspiracy theories that serve the interest of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP.”

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