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Owo Massacre: Ooni Of Ife Reacts To Ondo Church Attack

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has condemned the gruesome murder of worshipers at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

Naija News earlier reported that unknown gunmen on Sunday attacked the catholic church and killed many worshippers just as the service was nearing its conclusion.

It was gathered that the gunmen detonated explosives before firing at the worshippers including women and children.

In a statement shared via his Instagram page on Monday, the monarch condemned the gruesome attack and said that terror was targeted at turning Yorubaland into a war zone.

Oba Ogunwusi said that the Yoruba people are capable and ready to defend themselves against invaders despite their peace-loving nature.

The traditional ruler urged South-West governors and the Federal Government to fulfil their oaths of ensuring the safety of lives of their citizens.

The Ooni revealed that talks with traditional rulers and governors across the South-West zone were ongoing in order to protect residents of the region.

The statement read in part, “What occurred yesterday was a gruesome massacre dastardly targeted at turning Yorubaland into a war zone. However, we the descendants of Oduduwa, although peace-loving, cannot be overrun in our own homes, do not be mistaken, we have the capacity and are prepared and ready to defend ourselves against all external invaders.

“We should all be reminded that yesterday made it exactly one year when an invading gang of killer herdsmen killed at least over 20 people in Igangan, Ibarapa North local government of Oyo State on a Saturday night, leaving several houses, including the palace of the Asiganga burnt in the attack, whilst people were asleep. Exactly a year ago!

“When calamities like this befall us without a single trace, the interpretation is that the intelligence unit of our country’s security architecture is probably faulty or completely missing.

“I implore the six governors across the South-West region and their brothers nationwide as well as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)-led Federal Government, to live up to their oaths of securing Nigerians and ensuring safety for all citizens irrespective of their age, sex, religion or tribe.

“To my brother, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, and the entire Owo kingdom, to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to the Ondo State Government, to the people of Owo, to the Priest and parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa, Owo, to the families of all the victims, and the entire people of Ondo State, it is my prayer that Olodumare will comfort you all and give you peace in these trying time.”



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