Insurgency: Buhari Begs Christians over Boko Haram’s Killing of 2 Pastors





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*Promises ‘it won’t happen again’
By Matthew Onah in Yola

 President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished Christian communities  in Adamawa State not to regard the recent killing of  two clergymen by Boko Haram insurgents as threat  against Christianity.
The President, who made the appeal through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG), Boss Mustapha, said Nigerians should not allow themselves to be polarized by religious sentiment.
Boss Mustapha lamented that “what has happened is a sad moment in the history of the State and nation as efforts are being made by the present administration to secure lives and property of its citizens.
“We, as government, are working tirelessly against insurgency, banditry and kidnapping in the country”, and we call for a sober reflection over the death of the two clergymen – Pastor Dennis Bagauri and Rev Lawal Andimi – by all and sundry.
He stated that it was a matter of serious concern, describing the situation as an unfortunate incident and assured that such ugly incident would not occur again.
“The Federal Government he said, has put serious effort in degrading Boko Haram, and that of recent, incidents of   kidnapping banditry and other acts of criminality have taken the center stage, especially  in the  northern states.
“He alleged that insiders must be collaborating with outsiders to  perpetrate these heinous acts,” he regretted.
The SGF called for calm and tolerance and not to bring issues that will bring more grief to the affected  communities.
He prayed God to grant the slain clergy men eternal  rest and the Christian  community the fortitude  to bear the irreparable  lose.
Responding, chairman Christian Association of Nigeria  (CAN)  Adamawa State chapter, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza, stated that “President  Muhammad  Buhari  has soften our hearts with the high powered delegation to commiserate  with the Christian community in the State.”
He added  that “the visit has given us the assurances that the ugly incident will not repeat itself again.”
The CAN chairman assured that the Christian community will team up with the Muslim community  to flush  out the undesirable  elements that are causing bad blood between  the two major faiths.
Mamza added that the people causing enmity  in the society are few.
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