As the Bible says in Psalm 97: 3 ‘Fire goes before him and consumes his enemies on all sides’, Bishop David Oyedepo, General Overseer, Living Faith Church Worldwide, spoke out loud to enemies from Nigeria saying that Nigeria is not a Fulani Republic and that anyone who carries that idea and wants to implement it, the Power of God will bring them down. He went on to say that we did not sign an agreement to live together as a Fulani Republic … Watch the video
Also President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason.
The president said this when he met Thursday with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of 19 northern states and Abuja asking for their help to end the avalanche of killings in the Middle Belt and Zamfara.
Buhari added that it is satanic for someone to suggest that he is indifferent to the carnage. “When some, for clearly political purposes, try to suggest that this government is not doing anything about homicides, and that I, as Fulani, should encourage them, satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of the men “.
Here is the text of the president’s speech. I thank you very much for taking the time to make this visit today and for the problems you have raised.
The recent murders in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau are perverse acts, reprehensible and completely unacceptable. We Nigerians are religious people and not religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason.
This is the reason why we must all rise up to condemn these vile and perverse acts to ensure that all the guilty are brought to justice. We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the conflicts to a decisive end.
I assure you, we will do this. Let me make it clear that even a single life lost anywhere in the country is too much.
I came to the office swearing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced. I, therefore, seek your support as clergy and religious leaders to join efforts with this administration and give us all your support.
As you all know, the implementation of law enforcement agencies is totally our responsibility as a government while creating the platform and the mechanisms for dialogue are a collective effort. The army and police have arrested hundreds of suspects in several trouble spots in the region and several prosecutions are under way.
In several cases, we have seen convictions. Nigerians are right when they say they want to see more sentences and I would like to appeal to the judiciary to help us accelerate these cases.
When some, for clear political purposes, try to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the murders, and that I, being Fulani, should be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of mens. Otherwise, how can anyone in their right mind suggest that I, as President-elect, even with any substantial votes in the affected areas, for any reason, will harm those same people by an act of omission?
Second, the problems in all these areas, as you all know, are historical. There is no administration that has not had a deal with murders in these same areas over the years. In fact, in 2001, you can remember that after thousands of people died in the Plateau state, a state of emergency was declared and a governor was replaced by an administrator.
To suggest that our Administration is not doing anything is terribly unfair. We must not forget that the same state of Plateau that has been ravaged by the crisis for years has been celebrated in the last three years for its tranquility.
The Governor’s hard work for peace and the presence of Operation Safe Haven military must have had some impact. In recent weeks, we have strengthened its strength with the deployment of additional Special Forces from the headquarters of the Defense.
In addition, we currently have no less than three special military intervention forces in the problem areas. Operation Safe Haven to secure the Plateau State, Operation Whirl Stroke 1 (OPWS) to secure Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa and OPWS 2 to secure the states of Zamfara and Kaduna.
These forces are supported with investigative and intelligence gathering capabilities from the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services and other agencies. Government can achieve lasting peace only with the sincere and active cooperation of communities, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders.
These include the Media in whose hands lies the power to frame, shape the perspectives and narratives which influence the thinking of millions of people within and outside Nigeria.
Finally, let us collectively shame those who are stoking the fires of ethnic and religious conflicts for their short-term political gains. This country belongs equally to Christians and Muslims and even those who claim ignorance of God.