Over the past few weeks, the abduction of the school girls at
Chibok, Borno State has underscored the threat we have been
facing as a nation in recent times from the actions of misguided
persons masquerading as adherents of Islam.
Our hearts are with families who have lost loved ones in this cycle
of senseless violence. We also empathize with the parents of
children whose daughters are in the custody of a group of
That horrific video posted on the Internet is a clear manifestation
of the mindlessness of the bigots. It shows them for whom they
are, such men cannot threaten nor should they be allowed to
violate our sovereignty. It is clear from what they profess that they
are not followers of God. They do not mean well for our country
and her citizens. I am a Muslim, I am versed in the teaching of
Christianity and I understand both religions to seek peaceful co-
existence of all humanity.
I wish to reiterate that there is no justification whatsoever for this
unrestrained disregard for the sanctity of human life. It has no
place in the Holy Quran and neither does it have a place in the Holy
Let these people know that the entire civilized world is united
against their terrorist act. We are grateful to the world for standing
by Nigeria at this trying time. We hope and pray that the young
ladies will be reunited with their respective families in the days to
While the Federal Government and the nation’s Armed Forces are
working to ensure citizens’ safety under the present situation, we
believe that more could still be done to ensure the safety of
Nigerians and the Nigerian nation. We are therefore glad that the
Federal Government has accepted international support in the
search for the missing girls and for an end to the insurgency in
parts of the country.
I fought for a united Nigeria. In my old age, I want my grand
children, your grand children, our youths and indeed all Nigerians
to benefit from a prosperous and united country devoid of sectarian
violence whether home grown or imposed on us from outside.
Now is not the time to play politics. Now is also not the time to
trade blames and amplify our ideological differences. The unity of
Nigeria is not negotiable and nothing should divide us as a people. I
therefore urge all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to support
the country in her effort to bring an end to this attack on
defencelesscitizens and indeed a united nation.
We must put aside all other considerations and ensure that our
country Nigeria pulls together now so as to recover our
sovereignty. After all, we all know that Nigeria is the ONLY country
we have that we can call our own.
God help and bless Nigeria.
GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR