Pres. Buhari vows to end mass killing, kidnapping, other crimes
President Muhammadu Buhari today promised that mass killings of innocent Nigerians, abductions and other criminal atrocities would soon become history in the country.
The president made the pledge in his Easter message to the nation.
He said that his administration was determined to achieve peace and security across the nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hindered national progress.
He explained that already, the nation's security apparatus were being reformed and empowered to win the war against terrorism and other criminal activities across the country.
He stressed that the unfortunate incidents in recent years involving the wanton shedding of the blood of men, women and children in frequent orgies of criminal, political, ethnic and religious violence had become embarrassing and unacceptable.
He said, 'My administration is determined to achieve peace and security across our nation by ending the avoidable conflicts and crises that hinder our national progress.
'I ask for the support of all Nigerians in this regard. We must put a stop to politically motivated killings. Our communities must be made safe again for all inhabitants to live together in peace and harmony.
'Our armed forces, police and other security agencies are being progressively reformed, repositioned and empowered to win the war against terrorism and make mass killings, abductions and other criminal atrocities things of the past in our beloved country.
'Let us all also play our parts as patriotic citizens and do all that we can to ensure that we make Nigeria a safer, more peaceful and happier place for its people and others.'
The President, who rejoiced with Nigerians, especially Christian brothers and sisters, who were celebrating Easter, urged them to imbibe the essential message of Jesus Christ, who repeatedly urged his disciples and followers to 'love one another as I have loved you.'
He added, 'As we celebrate Easter this year, I sincerely believe that it will serve our dear nation very well if we all imbibe this essential message of Jesus Christ and truly learn to love our countrymen and women as we love ourselves.
'Indeed, we will surely make faster progress towards the achievement of the peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country we all desire if, as a nation, we eschew all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with our compatriots, as Jesus Christ and the founders of the world's other great religions enjoined mankind.' - NAN.