National Chairman, Arewa Pastors Non-denominational Initiative for Peace, Bishop Abu Richard has defended President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that he is not the cause of the killings in the country.
While briefing newsmen at a Pre-swearing-in Prayer Meeting on Saturday in Abuja, Bishop Richard said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s accusation of Islamization is highly condemnable.
He nonetheless expressed sadness over the kidnappings and killings in the country, advising Buhari and security operatives to be proactive rather than reactive to avoid crisis.
The cleric also called on Nigerians both Christians and Muslims to continue to pray for a better government in the next four years of Buhari’s administration.
He said: “The accusation of Islamization by former President Olusegun Obasanjo is highly condemnable. As a child of God and by my exposure, the President cannot Islamize Nigeria with the Vice President, who is a Christian.
“President Buhari is not the cause of these killings. Most of these killings have been going on before he took over power. That is why we have fasted today and prayed that God should strengthen him.
“We also call on the security agencies to put in more efforts to stop these killings and we pray for a good 9th National Assembly that will be able to work with the government of the day with good policies to develop this country.
“We pray for Buhari to do much better as he will be sworn in for the second tenure. From his statement and all that we have been hearing, we believe that through God he will perform better.
He prayed that God should give the nations selfless leaders like the President, men and women of wisdom and understanding; leaders who would not cause God’s people to err.