We’re stripping B’Haram of religious pretensions, says Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished religious leaders in the country to do more to support efforts to strip Boko Haram of all its religious pretensions and fully expose the group as vicious terrorists, devoid of any moral or philosophical direction.

Speaking at separate audiences with Ecuador’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto, who was at the State House to present his letter of credence, President Buhari was quoted in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, to have said that a lot had already been done to properly expose Boko Haram as a ruthless, destructive and misguided terrorist group.

The statement, however, avoided reference to the current face-off between the military and members of the Shi’ites Islamic sect but outlined what the government had done to expose the Boko Haram terrorists.

What we have succeeded in doing is to separate terrorism from religion. The initial attraction for recruitments was religion. But now, people cannot relate with their relevance anymore and they are only associated with the destruction of lives and properties.

If your life does not mean anything to you, other peoples’ lives will not mean anything to you as well. And people are beginning to see that Boko Haram is just about destruction and nothing else,” the President said.

Buhari also told the new envoy that his administration would continue to prioritize diversification and other measures to help the Nigerian economy withstand the shock of falling crude oil prices.

The President also received the letters of credence of the new Ambassador of Zambia, Dr. Solomon Jere, and the new Ambassador of Columbia, Ms Claudia Turbay Quintereo,
He wished all the three new ambassadors successful tenures in Nigeria.

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