The massacre of worshippers at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State, in an early morning raid by yet to be identified assailant(s), is shocking, bizarre and reprehensible.
Places of worship quite often in decent conflicts are sanctuaries. What makes this attack more confounding is the fact that Ozubulu is far removed from any known theatre of conflict at the moment and has had little or no history of violent conflict.
Whatever may have been the situation, this attack represents a descent into the pit of hell. It is animalistic, cowardly and shameful and all necessary steps should immediately be taken by security forces to bring the perpetrators to book.
Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims, the Catholic Church, Governor Willie Obiano and the people of Anambra State.
We urge our security agencies to step up security in and around places of worship. We similarly urge worshippers to take the initiative of securing their premises.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, MNI.