Christian or Muslim: We are all sons of Abraham – President Buhari
President Muhammed Buhari has said that we are all sons of Abraham whether Muslims or Christian.
He said this in his statement during commemoration of the abduction of Leah Sharibu.
Leah Sharibu is the only girl out of 110 school children adopted from Dapchi that is still in the custody of Boko Haram.
It was said they failed to release her because she refused to convert to Muslim.
President Buhari in the statement said, no one has the right to force another into converting or changing their religion.
According to him we all have freedom of religion.
He pleads with Nigeria not to allow the Boko Haram group to bring demarcation between Muslim and Christians.
He conclude by saying all Nigerian have the same right and worth before God and the law.
Statement reads ;
Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram.
107 survived the ordeal.
Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.
Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.
This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.
As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God.
President and Commander-in Chief,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,