The National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, has reminded President Muhammadu Buhari to stand by his words that the Islamic terrorists are godless, callous gangs of mass murderers by reorganizing the National Security Units to comply with the Federal Character Principle in Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
NCEF observed that the National Security Units that are solely in control are Muslims from the North of Nigeria.
NCEF noted that President Buhari should be held responsible for the audacity, expansion, and unbridled atrocities of ISWAP, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.
NCEF, in a statement through its National Chairman, Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, said that while President Buhari appropriately described the Islamic terrorists, “One would however require a lot of hope before attaching any sincerity to his statement given the excessive pro-Islamic direction of his government since 2015.”
“President Buhari not only deliberately created the atmosphere for Islamic insurgency to thrive in Nigeria but has equally adopted repentant terrorists into the Nigeria Army.”
The NCEF, while reacting to what it described as the unwarranted and callous murder of eleven innocent Nigerian Christians on Christmas Day, 2019, noted that the timing of the gruesome murder of the innocents Christians to Christmas Day was a certain signal of the Islamic insurgents deliberately desecrating the day in which Christians worldwide marked the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and the central figure of the Christian faith.
The statement stressed that the act was not only a heinous crime, but it was also provocative and insulting.
Elder Asomota said, “These Christians were abducted by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram. According to reports, thirteen men were shown in a video pleading for deliverance while eleven were eventually killed.”
“Two of the captives were released because they are Muslims while the remaining eleven were presumably killed due to their Christian faith. Ten of the Christians were beheaded while the eleventh was shot dead.”
“The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari responded in a statement that he was “profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities.”