President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed sadness over the killing of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, the Priest of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State.
The President made this known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
He stated that Buhari expressed shock and dismay over the killing of another priest while urging security agents to carry out a thorough manhunt for the killers.
President Buhari also assured the Catholic Church and all Nigerians that the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness’’ will be intensified as security of lives and property continues to top his priorities.
“The entire nation is shaken by the horrible assassination of this priest. The administration will continue to guarantee the freedom of religion and protect places of worship as well as the lives of citizens wherever they live,” Shehy quoted Buhari as saying.
The president also directed law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the “horrific crime’’ to book.