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ONDO CHURCH TRAGEDY – Catholic Laity Council condemns massacre of 50 Parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owe

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria has condemned the sad incident that happened at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owe, in Ondo State on Sunday where suspected gun men (suspected to be bandits) killed over 50 worshipers on Pentecost Sunday.

National President of the Laity, Hon. Sir Henry Yunkwap (KSJI), made this known during a Press Conference in Jos on Monday when he said “As a Christian group and direct mourners of this sad incident, we do not only condemn this barbaric act, but to let the government know that we have taken enough if this killing of our people and we now find it very difficult to chew what they’ve forcefully put in our mouth.”

According to him, the only option left is to throw it out, saying, for any government that cannot provide security for her people, it is indirectly telling them to defend themselves by whatever means they can.

He said, they are indeed tired of words. “We want action and the urgent arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this evil act.

“While urging our leaders to rise against just condemning this act by using the over-used words like, ‘bringing the perpetrators to book,’ they must see that the life of every Nigerian as very important, not minding where he or she comes from.

“What the victims want right now from government is for their souls to rest in peace, which is the assurance that their killers will be arrested and dealt with, according to the laws of the land,” Sir Yunkwap stated.

He sympathized with the Bishop, Priest and the Laity of Ondo Diocese over this act and prayed for the departed souls and quick recovery to the injured.

The Laity President recalled that, they were yet to recover from the recent murder of their daughter and friend, late Deborah Samuel, in Sokoto State.

Sir Hon. Yunkwap said, “As believers in Christ Jesus, we call on peace-loving people to preach it with both words and actions, but that does not mean they shouldn’t be sensitive to happenings around us and take action when necessary.

He cautioned thus: “Our leaders and to all those, who feel they have the monopoly of violence, to know that every life is sacred and nobody has the right to take it in whatever way, be it under the guise of religion, ethnic or political difference.”

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