- President Muhammadu Buhari met with some religious leaders on Tuesday
- The president during the meeting spoke against religious violence in Nigeria
- He also spoke against corruption and the government's intention to go after looters
President Muhammadu Buhari while meeting with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid’a-Wa-Iqamatus-Sunna on Tuesday, January 2, at the Presidential Villa, once again condemned the act of violence instigated by religion and culture.
The president while meeting the two group leaders separately, said his administration would investigate and bring to book, all perpetrators of mayhem across the country, reiterating that no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially the taking of another life, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “You can’t kill to please God; and I know no religion tolerates the taking of another person’s life in the name of a religious movement.
"There is never a justification for killing any member of the society. We have been tackling the Boko Haram menace, and we have made significant impact, and we will extend the measures to stop all wanton killings."
Also, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the president saying that his administration will continue to go after looters.
Garba said that: "Buhari, who said the looters would be made to return what they stole, however, pledged that "justice will be done to all in the war against corruption."
The president also told the religious leaders that: "As religious leaders, I urge you to reach backwards to your followers to respect the rights of others. Those that stole from the public can no longer sleep well in the country today. When they run abroad, they cannot take their landed assets with them. We will, in all cases, have them return what they looted."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari has condemned the reports of New Year killings that took place in Omoku, Rivers state and in Sango local government area of Kaduna state.
Buhari in a statement on Tuesday, January 2, stated that such violence was unacceptable.
He assured Nigerians that security agencies were working to speedily bring those behind the killings to justice.
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