- On Sunday, June 5, at least 50 worshippers were left dead including many children and women as gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives in a brutal attack on the Catholic Church
- Former Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani in reaction to the attack, shared his opinion regarding what actually led to the attack by unknown gunmen
- The PDP chieftain took to his official Facebook page and revealed the terrorists had planned to wreak havoc in the country and cause a national war
A former lawmaker of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that the terrorists who attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo town, Ondo state on Sunday, June 5, planned to trigger vendetta and national strife.
Legit.ng reports that no fewer than 50 worshippers were killed including many children and women as gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives killing dozens of people in a brutal attack on the Catholic Church.
Sani in a post shared on his official Facebook page, explained why the attackers carried out such a bloody act.
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"The attack on the Catholic church in Ondo has been condemned and denounced in strongest term possible by all Nigerians.
"Terrorists don’t represent Hausa or Fulani people.Terrorists don’t spare Muslims too.The north is also a daily victim of their cruelty and destruction. No Hausa or Fulani living in any part of the south should be attacked or molested because of the evil acts of those terrorists;Just like no southerner living in the north is molested because of the actions of terrorists down south.
"The intent of the terrorists is to trigger vendetta,violence and national strife;they must not succeed."
The violence began as worshippers were about to leave the church.
The attack has caused massive shock across the nation as such is rarely recorded in southwestern Nigeria.
Nigerians took to the official Facebook page of Legit.ng to share their views on the politician's position.
Ote Lloyd Ade asked
"Deceitful comment from Sanni.
"Trigger you said???
"You still refer to this full scale war declaration as trigger?"
Dare Samuel said
"If you survive this 8 years, know that even if death is pursuing you, you'll survive it."
St. Val Akanegbu queried
"Can't buhari be impeached biko?? Dem don reach Lagos be that, they can easily plan a coordinated attack and our so-called president is not showing any concern."
Kelly Prince Tu-wezzy said
"They must not succeed you said? But they are succeeding already."
Don Wolex D Apstl stated
"That they will soon achieve if the government refuses to act fast. We cannot continue to have our people killed and watch government issues only condolences. The north I know will not take this from any group from the South."
"Nigeria is no longer safe place to live ."
Tor Felix lament
"People are indeed heartless in this country ."
Buhari reacts as terrorists kill several people in Ondo state catholic church
The president says only fiends from the nether region could have conceived and carried out such dastardly act, adding that eternal sorrow awaits them both on earth here, and ultimately in the hereafter.
Buhari disclosed this in a statement made available by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
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Meanwhile, the Ondo state government has vowed to hunt down the attackers of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo town, on Sunday, where scores of worshippers died, saying they will be made to pay for their crime.
A statement by the chief press secretary to Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Richard Olatunde, on Sunday, which disclosed the government’s position, also said the governor condemned the unprovoked attack on innocent worshippers.
“Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, on Sunday."