Amidst fear created by the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram over recent killings in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has on Tuesday speak on the attacks carried out by the sect over the years.
President Muhammadu Buhari in an article on ‘Christianity Today’ has noted that ninety per cent of people killed over the years by Boko Haram sects are Muslims.
It could be traced back that attacks from the deadly Islamic sect started in 2009 after the killing of their group leader, Mohammed Yusuf.
According to data made available by the Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram has since its emergence in 2009 killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million.
Reacting to the killing by the group, President Muhammadu in his speech on a guest opinion column for “Christianity Today”, disclosed that the perception that members of the sect were always targeting Christians in Nigeria is not true.
He said that the terrorists have in its operations have targetted vulnerable Nigerians without discrimination.
“it is the reality that some 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims,” said Buhari.
“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.
“It is a simple fact that these now-failing terrorists have targeted the vulnerable, the religious, the non-religious, the young, and the old without discrimination, ” the President stressed.”
The President stressed that his administration will continue to fight until it see the end of the terrorist.
He, however, admonished Nigerians in all category to desist from attempting to split the country through religion.
He said, “There is no place in Nigeria for those who seek to divide us by religion, who compel others to change their faith forcibly or try to convince others that by so doing, they are doing good.”
“We may not, yet, be completely winning the battle for the truth. Christianity in Nigeria is not—as some seem intent on believing—contracting under pressure, but expanding and growing in numbers approaching half of our population today.”
He added that the sect has failed in their territorial ambitions.
“So now instead they seek to divide our state of mind, by prying us from one from another to set one religion seemingly implacably against the other,” Buhari said.