Buhari, Dogara Condemn Church killings, Say It’s Sacrilegious, Barbaric

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described as “an appalling crime against humanity and unspeakable sacrilege” the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu tragedy where unidentified gunmen killed about 12 worshippers and injured several others during an early morning attack.

Condemning in its entirety the assault on the church, located in Ekusigo local government area of Anambra State, the recuperating President said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, that “there was no justification whatsoever to target Church worshippers and kill them in cold blood.”

The statement expressed Mr President’s grief at the dastardly act, noting that such act of violence “plumbs the depth of depravity and extreme cruelty of the kind that words cannot adequately express.”

He said without any exception, all religions lay emphasis on the sanctity of life, and called on all Nigerians to “rise up and speak with one voice against these remorseless evil men.”

In conveying Mr President’s condolences to the victims’ families, the Church leadership, the government and people of Anambra State, the statement reassured Nigerians that the Federal Government remains firm and uncompromising in its resolve to protect the lives and property of every citizen across the country.

Also condemning the ugly incident, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara described the attack as “abominable, barbaric and inhuman.”

Speaking through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, the Speaker expressed sadness over the gunmen’s butchery of worshippers in cold blood.

According to him, “Have we lost our humanity? Where is the place of sanctity of life and sacredness of worship places in our society? What offence did the worshippers commit to warrant their massacre in cold blood by wicked souls and heartless men?”

Dogara, who noted that the rising cases of insecurity continues to reduce Nigeria to the state of nature as life is increasingly becoming cheap, the times demand an urgent overhaul of Nigeria’s policing architecture that would lead to reform of the Police Force.

The Speaker said equipping the Police with modern and sophisticated gadgets would effectively position the officers to discharge their duties of protecting lives and property and ensure social order in the society.

Challenging all security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice speedily, Dogara extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, the people and government of Anambra State, Nigeria and the Catholic Church over the sad and unfortunate incident. 

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