Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made a comment about Boko Haram insurgency when he spoke at an Abuja church during a service to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day.
Touching upon the challenges dividing Nigerians, Osinbajo insisted that terrorists’ bombs do not discriminate between members of different religious affiliations, but cause chaos across the whole country. Specifically, the politician noted that both Muslims and Christians die in the terrifying tragedies adding that all Nigerians, regardless their religious preferences and ethnic affiliations, should act united against the enemy. The official explained that “terrorism is not a contest between Christians and Muslims, it goes well beyond that”.
He was quoted as saying by Leadership:
“I have travelled the length and breadth of this nation, especially in the Northeastern parts in the last few months and I have seen children, women, men who were bomb victims. I have seen the dead, the wounded, the sick.
“The truth of the matter is that the bulk of all those that I have seen, there were Moslems, there were Christians, there were those who professed no particular faith, but were all Nigerians, and one thing that united them was that they were all poor, and in IDPs’ camps.
“When a bomb goes off in Potiskum or in a market in Maiduguri or Gombe, it does not ask if you are a Christian or a Muslim, it does not. It never asks if you are Yoruba or Igbo, or Hausa…
“It is our duty not to pursue narratives that divide us. It is our duty to do everything that unites us. We must ensure that we don’t create further divisions, but that we bind together those divisions, that is our duty. That unity is so crucial, so important. It is all that will make a difference in the next few years.”
Meanwhile the Nigerian army has been claiming numerous effective counter-terrorism operations in the northeast. President Muhammadu Buhari attributed the steady gains against the insurgents to the re-training and re-equipping of the military under his administration