President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday while receiving leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), at the State House in Abuja said that he is distressed and depressed by the ethno-religious killings in the country.
He urged religious, community and traditional leaders to do more in ensuring that Nigerians learn how to live together in peace and harmony.
“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 Maj.-Gen., 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,” Buhari said.
Mr. President cited the exemplary role of the Imam in Plateau State who risked his life to save hundreds of Christians who were fleeing attacks in June.
“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,’’ he said.
He further noted that he would continue to put pressure on the Nigeria Police to do all that is need in protecting lives and properties.
“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,’’ Buhari said, adding that the country cannot afford another civil war.