Ondo Catholic Church killings: Obi weeps, says attack cowardly, inhuman


Peter Obi (File photo)

By Valentine Amanze

Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate and former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has condemned the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State on Sunday by gunmen, which claimed no fewer than 100 parishioners, describing it as cowardly and inhuman.

Obi, who made the remark in reaction to the early morning attack on the church, condemned the unwarranted assault on innocent worshippers, adding that the action by the gunmen represented the worst form of bestiality against the society.

Obi stated on Sunday, “What happened in Owo today, again adds to my position that our country is fast becoming a failed state. All must now join hands in saving our country from this existential situation we find ourselves in, today”.

The former governor pointed out that there was no part of Nigeria that deserved to be attacked but choosing a worship centre as the church for attack, does not demonstrate bravery. It is rather cowardly and inhuman, he said.

“The Church and any other worship centre deserves respect. Whatever may be the reason for the attack and whatever message the perpetrators intended to send across, remains condemnable”, Obi stated in a release on Sunday.

He condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the attack and expressed sympathy with others affected by the incident, one way or another.

“I sympathise with the victims’ families, the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, the people and the government of Ondo State. I urge the Federal Government and Ondo State Government to do whatever is possible to ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to book”, Obi stated.




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