Following the recent killing of two clergymen in Adamawa, President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished the Christian community in the state not to regard the killings by Boko Haram sects as threat against Christianity. The President, who spoke The Federal Government, he said, is working tirelessly against insurgency, banditry and kidnapping and called for sober reflection over the death of the two clergymen, Pastor Dennis Bagauri and Rev Lawal Andimi, by all and sundry.
He expressed concern over the unfortunate incident and assured residents that such ugly incidents would not occur again. through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG), Boss Mustapha, said Nigerians should not allow themselves to be polarised by religious sentiments. Buhari lamented that “what has happened is a sad moment in the history of the state and nation as efforts were being made by the present administration to secure lives and property of its citizens”.
He said: “The Federal Government has put serious effort in averting Boko Haram, but all of a sudden kidnapping banditry and other acts of criminality have taken the centre stage, especially in the northern states. “He alleged that insiders must be collaborating with outsiders to perpetrate these heinous acts.”
The President called for calm and tolerance so as not to add to the grief of the affected communities while praying that God should grant the slain clergymen eternal rest and the Christian community the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Responding, the chairman of CAN, Adamawa State chapter, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza, stated that President Buhari has softened their hearts with the high powered delegation to commiserate with the Christian community in the state.
He added that the visit has rekindled hopes that the ugly incident would not repeat itself. The CAN chairman assured the visitors that the Christian community would team up with its Muslim counterpart to flush out undesirable elements causing bad blood between the two major faiths.