President Muhammadu Buhari is obviously angry with members of the deadly Boko Haram who lauched attacks on some towns in Borno state, leading to the death of no fewer than 150, describing them as most inhuman and barbaric.
The President believes that these last desperate acts of fleeing agents of terrorism underscore the urgent need to bring to early fruition the efforts of his government to form a more effective international coalition against insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
A statement today by senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu quoted the President as saying that the murder of about 150 innocent men, women and children in Kukawa was a very heinous atrocity which must be unreservedly condemned by all people of conscience.
President Buhari called on Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to reject with one voice, the attackers claim to be acting in the name of Islam, and asked the terrorists to stop the abasement of Islam.
President expressed his heart-felt condolences to families of the victims of Boko Haram’s dreadful killings in Kukawa and other parts of the North East.
And in a condolence message to the government and people of Egypt on the recent murder by terrorists of the country’s Attorney General, Hesham Barakat and the killing of about 70 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, President Buhari emphasised the need for the international community to unite and forge a stronger worldwide consensus for more effective action against global terrorism.
He restated his conviction that concerted global action is needed to overcome terrorism in all parts of the world, adding that having borne the pain of terrorist attacks themselves for many years, Nigerians shared the anguish of Egyptians as they mourn their compatriots who lost their lives in Cairo and the Sinai Peninsula.
The President also reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to working with other countries facing terrorists’ threats to overcome the scourge of violent extremism.
No country, the President added, can afford to be indifferent to the threats of terrorism because of its pervasive and destructive nature. [myad]