In a statement on Tuesday, the presidency in Nigeria said President Muhammadu Buhari was working day and night to free Christians abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.
In a response to the Christian Association of Nigeria that the President, a devout Muslim, who not doing enough to protect Christians, Spokesman Garba Shehu said Boko Haram members should be seen as terrorists and not Muslims.
He wrote: “Yet, to continue to see these happenings solely in religious terms – removed from social, economic and environmental factors – simplifies complexities that must be heeded. Not seeing them as they should be is exactly what the terrorists and groups wish: they want Nigerians to see their beliefs as reason to turn against one another”.
Read full statement below