Following last weekend’s massacre of over 120 Nigerians in eight Borno communities by Boko Haram, former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has condemned the continued violence in Borno State. He described the ideology behind the Boko Haram insurgency as devilish and senseless, adding that it should not be allowed to thrive in any civilized society.
Buhari, therefore, called on the security agencies and the authorities to intensify vigilance just as he expressed surprise that the terrorists and criminal elements could still operate with impunity in spite of the heavy militarization of the region.
The former head of state’s reaction to the killings was contained in a statement posted on his Facebook page on Sunday night and as at press time, had attracted 862 likes and 967 comments.
The three-time presidential candidate and national leader of APC in the statement said: “We condemn the recent escalation of senseless violence in Borno State. Our prayers and sympathies are with the victims and their families.
“There is no justification for this wanton disregard for the sanctity and dignity of human life. Any ideology that traffics in terror and violence is a devilish ideology that has no place in a civilized society.
“This is the time for our security agencies and those responsible for the security and well-being of our citizens to intensify vigilance in order to mitigate future occurrences.
“Because, it is inconceivable that despite heavy militarization, terrorists and other criminal elements are still able to terrify the defenceless populations of those areas.
“May God grant us the strength and unity to overcome this”, Buhari prayed.