Under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has denounced the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, on Sunday.Many innocent worshippers were brutally slain, and several more were gravely injured, as a result of the attack.
The Sultan said in a statement on Monday that the attack was not only a crime against humanity, but also a severe and unfathomable wrong.
In a statement signed by Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, the NSCIA’s Director of Administration, Sultan said, “All peoples of faith should take this attack as a direct attack on all law-abiding citizens and should therefore be in the vanguard to halt the evil that appears to be assailing the life, property, and integrity of humanity, particularly believers in God.”
The council also encouraged governments at all levels to issue and follow through on an ultimatum to security forces to identify and prosecute those who violate the sanctity of not only life but also religions.
“The security agents, who have been engaged to combat criminality and insecurity, are enjoined to heed the Qur’anic call that: ‘…For if God had not checked one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the name of God is persistently mentioned, would have been pulled down.” God will, without a doubt, assist those who assist Him (Cause). God is truly All-Powerful and All-Mighty. (Question 22: 40)’
As a result, the Sultan stated that security services must assist in the rescue of the vulnerable citizens that everyone has become.