Abuja - Former Nigeria Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on members of Boko Haram to give up arms in the spirit of the Ramadan fasting period.
In a goodwill message to mark the beginning of the 30-day long Ramadan by Muslims in the country, the former leader appealed to the terrorists to embrace peace and abandon any form of violence against innocent people.
He said violent acts, which have escalated in recent months in the northern parts of the country, were against the teachings of Islam.
“Deliberate violence against innocent people cannot be justified under whatever circumstances and it benefits nobody. The Boko Haram insurgents should take advantage of this Ramadan period to end all forms of violence once and for all, and save us from this endless trauma," Abubakar said in Abuja.
He appealed to the Federal Government and the military to adhere to international anti-terror practices to avoid more bloodshed.
The Islamic terror group has over the years embarked on a reign of terror in Nigeria, culminating in the government declaring a state of emergency in some states.
"Enough blood of innocent people has been shed. I urge the Boko Haram leaders to search their conscience and save the country from any further deliberate destruction of lives and property," Abubakar appealed.
- CAJ News