Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has
urged religious leaders to support the Federal Government's in its efforts at
stripping Boko Haram of its religious pretensions.
The President made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja when he
received in audience the Ecuador's new Ambassador to Nigeria, Leopoldo Rovayo
He said the religious leaders’ collaboration with government
would fully expose the group’s viciousness "as terrorists, devoid of any moral
or philosophical direction”.
Buhari noted that so much ground has been covered in the
attempt to properly expose Boko Haram members as "ruthless, destructive, and
"What we have succeeded in doing is to separate terrorism
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"The initial attraction for recruitments was religion, but
now people cannot relate with their relevance anymore and they are only
associated with the destruction of lives and property.
"If your life does not mean anything to you, other peoples'
lives will not mean anything to you as well.
"And people are beginning to see that Boko Haram is just
about destruction and nothing else,’’ he said.
The President also told the new ambassador that his
administration would continue to prioritise diversification and other measures
to help the Nigeria’s economy withstand the shock of falling oil prices.
Verdesoto was at the Presidential Villa to present his
letter of credence to President Buhari.
The President also received the letters of credence of the
new Ambassador of Zambia, Dr. Solomon Jere and the new Ambassador of Colombia,
Ms Claudia Turbay Quintereo.
He wished all the three new ambassadors successful stay in