Ozubulu Massacre: Saraki, Ekweremadu, CAN, Dogara enraged

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a black Sunday, not only for Anambra, but also the entire nation as he called on the security agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.

Obiano consoling one of the injured at the hospital

REACTIONS trailing the visitation on early morning worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra State, has been unrelenting.

With over over 18 people dead and many others in critical condition at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, a sad Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki called the massacre of the innocent at the hands of a lone gunman, “the purest kind of evil.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, described it as “beastly and sacrilegious.”

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, wondered, “what are these silly gunmen here and there turning our nation to be?”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, broken hearted, called it “abominable, barbaric, inhuman, and the height of wickedness.”

Ekweremadu, described the day as a black Sunday, not only for Anambra, but also the entire nation as he called on the security agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Uche Anichukwu, the DSP stated that, “in the meantime, the least the nation owes the deceased and the casualties was to work with the security agencies to apprehend the culprits and ensure that justice is done to both the living and the dead”.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle
From left: Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara; Senate President Bukola Saraki; and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu’s statement reads:  “I received with a deep grief the news of the blood-curdling killing at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu today. It is indeed a black Sunday and the act is most sacrilegious and condemnable.

“My heartfelt condolences go to the Government and good people of Anambra, especially the bereaved families and the Church. I also pray God to grant the deceased a peaceful repose and the wounded a quick recovery.

“However, this dastardly act brings to the fore, once again, the need to reengineer our security system, especially our policing system to arrest the rising wave of violent crimes in the country”.

In condoling the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the families of the “victims of the unwarranted, senseless, and wicked killings” the CAN president said: “Whatever may be the reason or reasons for this dastardly act cannot justify this criminal jungle justice. Without doubt, the act is a madness the all of us must condemn in strong terms.

“I urge the Federal Government through the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in particular to address the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunitions so as to make our world safer.

“The perpetrators of this ungodly act must be brought to book without delay. I call on the Police to fish out those responsible and there must not be any cover up. Enough of these killings in the country.

“If the places of worship are no longer safe again, what has become the security of lives and property?

“We pray to God to console and comfort all the bereaved and heal those who are recuperating in the hospitals.”

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President stated: “My heart goes out to Nigeria’s Christian community, Governor Willy Obiano, the people of Anambra State, and the families of the victims and the survivors of this terrible massacre. This brutal act of attacking innocent and unsuspecting worshippers represents the purest kind of evil.

“Our security forces must not stop until everyone involved in the orchestration and execution of today’s massacre in St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Anambra are brought to book by the strong arm of justice.

“The Senate will continue to offer any form of necessary assistance in this endeavor, because today, all of us, as Nigerians have been attacked by this senseless act committed by evil people.”

Dogara, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, stated called the perpetrators of the dastardly killing of innocent worshippers, “sons of perdition whose souls will rot in hell.”

“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?”

Obiano with some Priests at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu,

Lamenting that increasing insecurity is reducing Nigeria to the state of nature as life is increasingly becoming cheap, he reiterated his call for the overhaul the policing architecture that will lead to reform of the Police Force, equip them with modern and sophisticated gadgets so as to discharge their duties of protecting lives and property effectively, and ensure social order in the society.