On Wednesday, the presidency described the recent attacks in Owo, Ondo State and parts of Kaduna State as “planned and politically motivated criminal outrages”.
It was as he said he would not be distracted by such intrigues.
In a statement signed Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Advertising, Garba Shehu, the Presidency argued that the attacks are designed to pit various regions of the country against each other.
The statement titled ‘Recent Wave of Attacks on Unacceptable Churches’ read: “From the tragedy in Owo two weeks ago that shook our nation, to the murders and kidnappings this weekend in Kaduna state, it is clear that there is a blueprint for by bad people to put the country under religious stress.
“President Muhammadu Buhari believes that our religious freedom, our diversity, is what makes Nigeria great. It is this diversity that gives Nigeria its strength. That is why Nigeria’s enemies seek to destroy it, pitting us against each other.
“We won’t let them. The nation will not be distracted or divided by these obviously planned and politically motivated criminal outrages. The perpetrators are cowards; weak and wicked men with weapons murdering, in cold blood, unarmed women and children in their places of worship.”
The presidency also promised to bring those responsible to justice.
“As for cowards, they will be punished for their crimes. We will bring them to justice. Rest assured that the full might of Nigeria’s formidable security and intelligence forces are involved in this effort,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives denounced the alleged extrajudicial killings by men from the Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police, the Department of State Services and other security agencies in border communities in Ogun State.
This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by the legislator representing Egbado Norte/Imeko Afon Federal Elector of Ogun State, Jimoh Olaifa, in the plenary on Wednesday of the Local Government Area Egbado-Norte and Kajo, Apata and Imeko Agberiodo -Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.’
Olaifa noted that Nigeria is currently facing security challenges, which have resulted in loss of life and destruction of property, “thus affecting the socio-economic development of communities in the Federal District”.