Buhari decries terror as ISWAP beheads ten Christians

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Friday he was saddened and shocked over the execution of 11 hostages by the Islamic State West Africa Province.

The Christmas Day executions claimed the lives of 10 Christians and one Muslim.

ISWAP set two other Muslims free, but said the killings were carried out to avenge the death of their leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria respectively.

Buhari, who appealed to Nigerians not to allow terrorists to divide them along religious lines, condemned the executions. Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Mr Garba Shehu.

He noted that the terrorists’ only known agenda was the killing of innocent citizens, “contrary to the teachings of Islam, which prohibits massacre”.

Buhari advised Nigerians against relying on “conspiracy theories” that would help Boko Haram and ISWAP to promote their aim of mass killings.

In a statement, ISWAP, who justified  the killings,   said, “We killed them as a revenge for the killing of our leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria.”

The executions came just a day after Boko Haram insurgents murdered seven villagers in a Christian community close to Chibok in Borno State.

The United Nations had reacted to the latest killings, expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Nigeria.” Punch

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