The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, has condemned Sunday’s attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Religion Nigeria reported that some unknown gunmen invaded the church during service on Sunday morning leaving many worshippers dead.
however, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, Adams described the attack as ungodly, adding that it is capable of threatening the foundation and existence of Nigeria.
He described the perpetrators of the gory attack as evil, saying they have sinned against God and should be ready to face the wrath of the most high God.
Expressing concern about the spate of insecurity across the country, the Yoruba generalissimo insisted that the Federal Government had failed in its efforts to secure the country, wondering why it has become a crime to go the church to worship.
“Cases of Boko Haram and Bandits and other criminal elements always attacking churches and mosques have simply shown the failures of the government. It has also exposed the crass incompetence of Nigeria’s leaders and the security apparatus”,
“Reports at my disposal showed clearly that the attackers actually disguised as worshippers of the church, planted an explosive device within the church premises and carried out their evil attack on innocent worshippers”,
“They later kidnapped the Reverend Father, leaving worshippers cold dead in the pool of their blood”,
“The criminals, according to reports, did not come with vehicles, they hijacked vehicles on the road to convey their victims”
“Meanwhile, the owner of the hijacked vehicle had gone to Owo A. Division to report the incident, even as all the roads in the ancient town had reportedly been deserted as people had stayed off the roads”
“The Federal Government must rise to its responsibility, begin a thorough investigation into the attack and also bring the perpetrators of this gory incident to book. Investigation into the Owo Catholic bomb attack should not be swept under the carpet. Those that carried out the attack are not ghosts, they must be apprehended immediately”,
While condoling with the Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ajibade Ogunoye, Iba Gani Adams, however, urged
the governor not to relent in his efforts to secure the state, saying Ondo state will not succumb to the will of criminals that are ready to truncate the peace of the state.
“The video clips and pictures of the deadly attack on worshippers could best be imagined. Such an attack would definitely not happen in saner climes where there is effective security. It would not happen in a country where the lives of the citizens are precious to the government,”
“However, at this sober time, I feel the pain even as I condole with the governor, the royal father, the good people of Owo town, especially, those that have lost their loved- ones to this cruel attack.
The attack is a condemnable act and a sad one for that matter. It is an attempt to destabilise the state and make life unbearable to the people”.