Osinbajo, NGF, Lawan, Sanwo-Olu Condemn Owo Attack

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A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.


Reactions have continued to trail the attack on a church in Owo, Ondo State with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Senate President Ahmed Lawan, and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos condemning the incident. 

In their separate reactions to the attack, they called on security agencies to ramp up efforts to apprehend the masterminds.

For the NGF, the attack is “a gory, ugly, and gruesome act by extremely wicked and warped minds meted out to innocent victims on a holy day. However, in the spirit of all our faiths, we pray for them. May God forgive and grant them mercy.

“As Governors, on our oath, we solemnly pledge to work with Mr President, all citizens and residents of our dear Country, Nigeria to assure you of a fully secure environment.

“Our goal is to halt brutalities, address unresolved criminal acts and ensure all killers are ultimately brought to face the consequences of their actions.”

The group sent “its deepest sympathies to the Owo community, the government and people of Ondo State and the country in general following the attack.”

In his reaction, Osinbajo expressed sadness over the attack and sent condolences to the families of the victims.

“I am saddened by the senseless massacre of innocent people in Owo. My deepest condolences go to the families whose hearts are broken and are grasping for answers,” he tweeted on Sunday.

“We are united in grief and a resolve to defeat the cowards who unleash terror on defenseless people.”

‘Wake Up Call’

As far as Senate President Lawan is concerned, the incident, which he says is a massacre” is callous and shocking.

In a statement by his media aide Ola Awoniyi, Lawan was quoted as calling for a prompt investigation of the attack.

Senate President condemns the massacre of worshippers in Ondo church

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the heinous killings of worshippers by terrorists on Sunday at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims, the Government and entire people of Ondo State.

“This incident should be painstakingly investigated to unravel the criminals behind it with a view to quickly bringing them to justice.

“It is another wake-up call on all security agencies to up their game with a view to averting the occurrence of such incidents in future,” Lawan said.

He also sympathised with the people and government of Ondo State and the families of the victim as he prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed and wishes the injured speedy recovery.

‘Crime Against Humanity’

Sanwo-Olu’s reaction was not different. The Lagos Governor in a series of tweets on his handle on Sunday night, commiserated with his Ondo country, the people of Iwo, and the families of the victims.

“On behalf of the Government and People of Lagos State, I commiserate with Gov.
@RotimiAkeredolu the people of Owo, the Priest and parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, families of all the victims, and the entire people of Ondo State over the tragic killings today,” he wrote.

“Attacking a congregation and shedding innocent blood, not only in the temple of God but anywhere is a condemnable act.

“It is a crime against humanity. It is barbaric, callous and despicable for any man to attack and kill worshippers in a manner the gunmen carried out the heinous crime in the church this morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, the people of Owo as well as the entire people of Ondo State, who are affected by this unfortunate incident. May all the souls of the faithful departed, Rest In Peace. Amen.!

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