Ondo govt cancels June 12 celebrations
The Ondo State government has canceled this year’s June 12 celebrations in the state following bandits’ attack on the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, which claimed no fewer than 50 lives.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State stated this in a tweet on his official handle, @RotimiAkeredolu, on Saturday.
His words: “In honour of the victims of the terror attack at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the Ondo State Government has canceled this year’s June 12 celebration.
“The cancelation is to enable the people of Ondo State to mourn their loved ones who lost their lives in the horrific attack.”
Recall that the governor had faulted the Federal Government of Nigeria for blaming the attack on the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), saying the move was hasty.
A statement from the governor’s media aide, Richard Olatunde, quoted the governor as saying that the terrorist group could have taken responsibility for the attack if it was behind it.
“The statement is too hasty. I take their conclusion with a pinch of salt. ISWAP don’t hide their attacks,” the governor was quoted as saying during a virtual interaction with a Swiss-based Christian human rights organisation, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) on Friday.
“If they had done it, they would have owned up. We are yet to know their identity and our security people are still on their trail.”