Buhari, Atiku, Tinubu, Others Condemn Ondo Church Attack

The recent daredevil attack on the saint Francis catholic church in Owo, Ondo state has left Nigerians devastated and saddened.

The terrorists attacked the church just after mass on Sunday afternoon leaving over 50 worshippers dead.

Reacting to the dastardly act, some eminent Nigerians have learnt their voices to condemn the killings.

Speaking earlier,  the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu had revealed the killers were Libyan-trained terrorists from Mali who invaded the state to cause mayhem.

He had also vowed to apprehend the killers wherever they were hiding.

Among eminent Nigerians who condemned the act include the president, Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, Former Lagos governor, Asiwaju Tinubu, and PDP presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku.

Speaking on the incident, President Buhari had expressed shock and sadness over the heinous killing of worshippers on Sunday at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo Kingdom, in Ondo State.

President Buhari in his condemnation of the dastardly act said that eternal sorrow awaits those behind killing both here on earth and in the hereafter.

In his part, VP Osinbanjo also expressed shock and dismay over the killings. He revealed his sadness over the heinous killings and expressed his deepest condolences for the families whose hearts were broken and are grasping for answers.
He also expressed the resolve of the FG to defeat the cowards who unleash terror on defenseless people.

In his part, Asiwaju Tinubu said the attack on worshippers at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State is highly reprehensible.

The presidential hopeful stated that the violent attack on Sunday morning shocked the conscience of the nation and shattered the peace of the ancient town of Owo.
He stated that the attackers cannot break the country’s collective spirit and Nigerians’ will to live in peace and with compassion for all regardless of faith.

The PDP presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku also expressed his disappointment over the killing.
The former vice president condemned the attack and also prayed that someday, very soon, the country shall have a lasting solution to these painful episodes.

Speaking further, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) added that there is no explanation for the killing of worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state.

The association said the attack, which took place during service on Sunday, is unacceptable while describing the perpetrators as “possessed and demonic” and a “raw persecution” of Christians in Nigeria.

Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, spoke on Sunday in a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, his media aide.

Owo is the hometown of the Governor of the State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
It was learnt that the incident happened immediately after the church ended its mass service.
According to eyewitnesses, the assailants attacked the church with guns and dynamite.
One of them noted that the attackers gained entry into the church through the fence and gate of the worship centre.
One of the eyewitnesses, who is a Reverend Father, Andrew Abayomi, said many worshippers were killed despite the security measures taken by the church.