Ondo church attack represents raw persecution on christians – CAN

FG’s crusade on insecurity, terrorism has failed – PDP

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says there’s nothing to justify Sunday’s killing of worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

CAN said the attack, which took place during service on Sunday, is unacceptable.

It described the assailants as “possessed and demonic.”

CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, stated these in a statement by his media aide, Adebayo Oladeji.

Ayokunle said, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, and called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly criminality.

“This is sad, wrong, condemnable, outrageous, unacceptable, and satanic. There is no explanation for this unprovoked attack and assault on a place of worship. This is raw persecution. These people are possessed, and demonic, and are not working for the good of the country. May God descend heavily on them and fight them mindless agents of Satan from their roots in Jesus’ name.”

CAN urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “stop the recycling of those criminals and terrorists in the name of de-radicalising programme” and rather overhaul the country’s security architecture.

Speaking in the same vein, main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the “gruesome terrorist attack” on the church as an indication that the Federal Government crusade against insecurity and terrorism had failed.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said, “The PDP is alarmed by reports of how the terrorists invaded the church, opened fire on worshippers, freely used explosives within the premises, murdered our compatriots in cold blood and left unchallenged.

“Today’s attack on St. Francis Church appears to be a part in the series of apparently organized assaults by terrorists who are emboldened by the alleged complicity of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which has refused to confront the terrorists despite being aware of their plans as exposed by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai at the wake of recent terrorist attacks on Kaduna State.”

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo also expressed sadness over the “dastardly” killing of worshippers by the assailants.

“No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil, and wicked people will never overcome light,” Osinbajo said.

Former Vice-President and presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, also condemned the attack, urging the Ondo State Government and relevant security agencies to “leave no stone unturned in apprehending the criminals and bringing them to justice”.


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