Attacks on churches and worshipers are unacceptable, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President’s message was delivered in a statement on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Buhari claimed that it was obvious that evil individuals were planning to put the nation under intense religious pressure.
The murders and kidnappings in Kaduna State, as well as the slaughter at a church in Owo, Ondo State, were mentioned by the Nigerian leader.
According to Buhari, Nigeria’s greatness is a result of religious variety and freedom.
“It is this diversity that gives Nigeria its strength. That is why Nigeria’s enemies seek to destroy it, by putting us against one another.
“We will not let them. The nation will not be distracted or divided by these obviously planned and politically motivated criminal outrages.”
The President called the perpetrators cowards, weak and wicked men with guns murdering, in cold blood, unarmed women and children at their places of worship.
“Seeing the crowd of Nigerians voluntarily rushing to donate blood after the attack, thronging the local hospitals, even in the midst of mourning, I was proud of my country. I was filled with hope.
“As for the cowards, they will be punished for their crimes. We will bring them to justice.”
Buhari appealed to Nigerians to come together in prayer – whether Christian, Muslim or any of our great faiths.
He charged citizens to continue to cherish “what we share while respecting each other’s differences”.
“Let us show them that Nigerians will never be bullied by cowards, extremists or terrorists”, the statement added.
The attacks on Nigerian churches and Christians were strongly denounced on Tuesday by the Orthodox Public Affairs Committee (OPAC).
The group urged President Buhari to defend Africa’s biggest and most peaceful Christian population against radical terrorist attacks.
The ongoing persecution of Christians around significant religious festivals, according to OPAC, “is starting to seem like Nigerian state-sponsored terrorism against its own inhabitants.”
OPAC tasked the US Department of State to press for policies that safeguard Christians in Nigeria.
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