President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of Rev. Lawan Andimi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) by Boko Haram terrorists as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative.
Rev. Andimi was abducted by the terrorists on Jan 3, in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.
News of his death was broken on Tuesday by an exiled journalist Ahmad Salkida, on his Twitter handle.
He wrote: “To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) January 21, 2020”
Reacting to the execution in a statement signed by the his Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, President Buhari expressed sorrow that the terrorists killed the religious leader while giving signals at the same of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.
He consoled the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa state and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the priest, assuring that terrorists would continue to pay a heavy price for their actions.
Buhari also assured that the terrorists “would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces.”
He urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal “is to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region.”