Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has sent a five-man Federal Government delegation to Anambra State today to visit and condole with the government and people of the state over last Sunday’s attack on worshippers at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozobulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the State, South East of Nigeria.
The attack which resulted in the loss of a number of lives with many sustaining injury, was allegedly said to be as a result of feud between two Nigerians living in South Africa.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, and made available to ALEDEH, the delegation is made up of ministers from different ministries.
The statement read “The delegation is made up of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril; and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka.
“During the visit, the delegation will present a condolence letter from the Acting President Osinbajo on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria to Governor Willie Obiano. The delegation will also visit Bishop Hilary Okeke of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital also in Nnewi to meet with some of the victims of the attack still in the hospital”.
Prof. Osinbajo, in the statement also commiserates with the families, friends of the victims and Ozobulu community on the death of their sons and daughters, praying for the speedy recovery of the injured still in the hospital.
He also condemned in very strong terms the atrocious and dastardly act which has brought sorrow to many innocent families, an act which has since provoked widespread condemnation from Nigerians.
The acting President said “such barbaric act constitutes an affront to our common humanity…but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.”
Mr. Osinbajo adds that, the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari remains undeterred and will continually commit to deploying all available resources towards ensuring adequate security of lives and property in Anambra State and across the entire country.
The Acting President noted that he has instructed law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice without any delay, saying he would remain engaged with Governor Obiano, the Police authorities and other security agencies to ensure that the lives and property of citizens of Anambra State and indeed all Nigerians are well protected anywhere they may live.