President Muhammadu Buhari said he is in 'pains' though not the type experienced by former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose.

The president says he is “distressed and depressed” by the ethno-religious killings in the country.

He has appealed to Nigerians to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

He said this when he received leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), led by Dachollom Datiri at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

Buhari urged religious, community and traditional leaders to do more in promoting peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

“As an organised institution (COCIN), I have no reason to doubt your report on the atrocities being committed in your communities including the killing of Idris Alkali, a retired Maj.-Gen., the dumping of his car into a pond and the body of the deceased thrown into a disused well.

“The communities (in Plateau) have lived long enough to know that there is nothing they can do without each other than to live together in harmony.

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“As leaders, we must persuade the upcoming generation, using every channel particularly the educational institutions to live together with our neighbours,” Buhari said.

Buhari, who used the occasion to underscore the important role religious leaders’ play in engendering peace, lauded the exemplary role of the Imam in Plateau State who risked his life to save hundreds of Christian families fleeing attacks in June.

“It is not all Muslims that are against Christians and neither are all Christians against Muslims.

“The leadership in the respective religions have to work harder to make sure they convince the coming generation that they have to live together in the same country,’’ he said.

Buhari gave some assurance that he would continue to exert pressure on the Nigeria Police to do the needful in protecting lives and property.

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