Press assertion from the workplace of the Nationwide President, Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria:
My pricey colleagues
Gents of the press
It is vitally vital that I deal with you this second contemplating the happenings in our nation as regards insecurity. We’re all conscious that, yesterday round this time, greater than 50 parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, in Ondo State had been killed by gun males suspected to be bandits. Am addressing you right now because the president of all Catholic Laity below which the over 50 victims belonged.
Am heartbroken and I discover it very troublesome to handle my folks at this second figuring out absolutely effectively that we’re but to get well from the current homicide of our daughter and good friend, the late Deborah Samuel by some heartless non secular extremists in Sokoto State.
Whereas we’re making frantic efforts to console our folks and in addition plead with our youth to not take legal guidelines of their arms however to abide by the bible injunction which admonished us, as Christians, to permit God take management and vengeance in all circumstances, over 50 harmless worshipers on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State had been gruesomely murdered by the folks we’ve intentionally refused to establish them by their names however choose to make use of ‘unknown gun males’ when referring to them. That is uncalled for, that is unacceptable right now.
I need to categorically state right here once more that as believers in Christ Jesus, we’re known as to be peace loving folks and to evangelise it with each phrases and actions however that doesn’t imply we shouldn’t be delicate to happenings round us and take motion when essential. To our leaders and to all those that really feel they’ve the monopoly of violence to know that each life is sacred and no one has the appropriate to take it in no matter means be it below the guise of faith, ethnic or political variations.
The crime dedicated by these killed had been simply two; one; they had been Christians and secondly as a result of they had been within the Church on Sunday worshiping God.
As a Christian group and direct mourners of this unhappy incident, we don’t need to solely condemn this barbaric act carried out by this animals in human kind however use this medium to let the federal government know that we now have taken sufficient of this killing of our folks and we now discover it very troublesome to chew what they’ve forcefully put in our mouth. The one possibility left is to throw it out.
For any authorities who can not present safety for her folks, it’s not directly telling them to defend themselves by no matter means they’ll. We’re certainly tied of phrases, we would like motion and the pressing arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this evil act.
‘Our leaders should rise in opposition to simply condemning this act by utilizing the over used phrases like ‘bringing the perpetrators to guide’. They need to see the life of each Nigerian as crucial not minding the place she or he comes from.
What the victims need from the federal government now for his or her souls to relaxation in peace, is the reassurance that their killers will probably be arrested and handled in keeping with the legal guidelines of the land.
I hereby on behalf of your entire Catholic Laity in Nigeria sympathize with the Bishop, clergymen and the Laity of Ondo Diocese over this act. Our hearts are with you. We pray for the departed souls and fast restoration to the injured.
Hon. Sir Henry Yunkwap KSJI
Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria
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