Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has asked for alliances across faiths and ethnicities to tackle the several threats to Nigeria’s unity and coexistence.
He disclosed that the alliances are compulsory to make Boko Haram and every other form of terrorism a thing of the past.
He also helped Nigerians to believe in the unity of the country and resist division.
He said, ”The likes of Boko Haram, ISIS, Islamic State West Africa Province and many Salafist-Jihadist ideologies are expansionist ideologies that feed purely on hate, hatred of any person or group that does not belong to their particular sect.
”They have no redressible grievances so there are no terms of reference for peace. Fanatics committed to a twisted creed.
”They exploit the ignorance of the tenets of Islam, poverty and exclusion, recruit men and women and use children to perpetrate the most heinous atrocities.
They are motivated by a satanic desire to control communities by murder and terror.
”Whether it is in Iraq, Borno or Syria, their victims are men, women and children, Muslim or Christians so long as they do not share their sick ideology, they target churches, mosques, markets and motor parks where people gather, using children as human bombs to kill randomly, regardless of tribe or faith.
”The challenge for us is to recognize this extremism for what it is. To form alliances across faiths and ethnicities to destroy an evil that confronts us all,”
”I want to reassure all Nigerians that these issues are being seriously tackled by the Federal Government, working with the States, through a multi-pronged approach. Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape.
”It is our duty to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing and will continue to do so.”