FOLLOWING the early morning attack on worshippers at a Catholic Church August 6, in Anambra State, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has despatched a five-man delegation to visit and condole with the government and people of the State.
A statement by Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday named the team to include the ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Usman Jibril; and the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka.
Akande stated that the delegation would present a condolence letter from the acting President on behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria to the state Governor, Willie Obiano.
According to him: “In the letter, Prof. Osinbajo extends deep commiserations to the families, friends of the victims and the Ozubulu community on the death of their sons and daughters and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured still in the hospital.
“The acting President condemned in very strong terms the atrocious and dastardly act, which has brought sorrow to many innocent families and, has rightly provoked widespread condemnation.’’
He stated further that the acting President noted that “such barbaric act constitutes an affront to our common humanity, and challenges, but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.’’
Prof. Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would remain undeterred and would continually commit to deploying all available resources towards ensuring adequate security of lives and property in Anambra and across the country.
The Acting President also noted that he had instructed law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice without any delay.
He said he would remain engaged with Obiano, the Police and other security agencies to ensure that “the lives and property of citizens of Anambra and all Nigerians are well protected anywhere they may live.’’
Meanwhile, President Buhari had in a condolence letter sent earlier to Obino commiserated with government and people of Anambra over the incident.
Not fewer than 13 people were killed and 20 others injured when a gunman invaded the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.