President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned in strong terms the latest onslaught by the Boko Haram sect in Kukawa, Borno State, which resulted in the death of about 150 persons.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, described the latest wave of killings by the sect as most inhuman and barbaric.
Buhari, therefore, urged Muslims to reject with one voice, the sect’s claim to be acting in the name of Islam.
He also urged them to tell the terrorists to stop the abasement of their religion.
The statement read in part, “President Buhari considers the murder by the terrorists of up to 150 innocent men, women and children in Kukawa a very heinous atrocity which must be unreservedly condemned by all people of conscience.
“The President believes that these last desperate acts of fleeing agents of terrorism underscore the urgent need to bring to early fruition the efforts of his government to form a more effective international coalition against insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
“President Buhari urges Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to reject with one voice the attackers claim to be acting in the name of Islam, and tell the terrorists to stop the abasement of their religion.
“The President conveys his heart-felt condolences to families of the victims of Boko Haram’s dreadful killings in Kukawa”.