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Ooni and Aragbiji condemn and condemn the attack on the Owo Church

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Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, has condemned gunmen’s unjustified attack on Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owa-luwa, Owo, Ondo State.

The slaughter, according to Ooni Ogunwusi’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, was a planned attempt by the culprits to turn Yorubaland into a war zone.

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The ugly episode, according to Ooni, would have devolved into a civil war if the Yorubas were not a peace-loving people who are not easily provoked to apply the mosaic law of “an eye for an eye.”

The Ooni claims that

“We should all be reminded that one year ago yesterday, June 6th, an invading gang of killer herdsmen killed at least over 20 people in Igangan, Ibarapa North local government of Oyo State, leaving several houses, the Asigangan’s palace, and a popular petroleum station burned in the attack while people were sleeping.” A year ago today!

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“According to homeland security intelligence reports, the perpetrators of the heinous crime wished to carry out a similar diabolical plot in other regions of Yorubaland.”

“When disasters like this strike without warning, the implication is that our country’s security architecture’s intelligence section is either flawed or altogether lacking.”

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“However, we, the Oduduwa descendants, cannot be overrun in our own land since we are prepared and ready to defend ourselves against outside invaders.”

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“Rather than discouraging us, this will strengthen us,” he said, emphasizing his determination to deploy men, resources, and technology to defend lives and property.

While expressing his condolences to the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor, and the people of Ondo State over the tragic killing, the monarch urged President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to uphold their oaths of securing Nigerians and ensuring citizenry safety.

The Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, joined the Ooni in denouncing the heinous conduct, saying the Sunday attack in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo was unforgivable.

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In a statement signed by Adekunle Adewumi, Oba Olabomi challenged the government to address the issue of unauthorised persons bringing weaponry and ammunition into Nigeria and possessing them.

According to the declaration,

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“It’s awful to witness fellow beings being slaughtered for no reason in a religious building.” Such an incident is reprehensible and highlights Nigeria’s festering terrible crime and criminality, which is now spreading to the South West in inconceivable proportions.

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“I express my condolences to the immediate family, the Church, the City of Owo, and the Ondo State Government, and wish that the perpetrators are apprehended and prosecuted according to the law.”

While mourning with the victims’ relatives, the monarch warned them not to take the law into their own hands.

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