President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was “distressed and depressed by the atrocious ethnoreligious killings” across Nigeria.
Buhari said this on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, led by Rev Dr. Dachollom Datiri.
According to him, ”As an organised institution (COCIN), I have no reason to doubt your report on the atrocities being committed in your communities including the killing of Idris Alkali, a retired Major-General, the dumping of his car into a pond and the body of the deceased thrown into a disused well.
”The communities (in Plateau) have lived long enough to know that there is nothing they can do without each other than to live together in harmony.
”As leaders, we must persuade the upcoming generation, using every channel particularly the educational institutions, to live together with our neighbours.’’
He added that ”It is not all Muslims that are against Christians and neither are all Christians against Muslims.
“The leadership in the respective religions have to work harder to make sure they convince the coming generation that they have to live together in the same country.”
According to him, ”In our security arrangement, the police is in the front line in making sure that communities, irrespective of ethnic or religious bias, live together in peace.
“Nigeria cannot afford to take its unity for granted and allow a return to the unfortunate perils of a civil war.”