By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Catholic Bishops of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province have called on security agents to speed up their investigations to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the August 13, 2017 massacre of some worshippers during the Holy Mass at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, South-East, Nigeria.
According to our correspondent, this was contained in a communiqué issued after the second meeting for the year 2017, held at the Bishop’s Court, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and was made available to newsmen in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on Tuesday, the Bishops condemned the Ozubulu attack and said they were saddened by the cold-blooded mass murder of innocent worshippers of God.
According to the communiqué, nothing can ever justify such a brutal wastage of human life in a sacred place, during a sacred function.
The Catholic Bishops of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, comprising of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, the Dioceses of Enugu, Abakaliki, Awka, Nsukka, Nnewi and Awgu, also expressed concerns over the level of insecurity in the country, as well as discrimination in political appointments, double standards in the prosecution of criminals, executive impunity, infrastructural decay and other challenges bedeviling the nation.
The Bishops also said it is wrong to attempt to balkanize Nigeria, either through a call for secession or quit notices, while also calling on aggrieved persons or groups to avoid utterances and actions that would only worsen their situation.
They also condemned calls for a boycott of the upcoming governorship election in Anambra State and invited all people who have reached voting age in Igbo land to get themselves duly registered and to always vote during elections.
It will be recalled that the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as beastly and sacrilegious the Sunday massacre of worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra State.
Ike Ekweremadu, who also described the day as a black Sunday, not only for Anambra State, but also the entire nation, called on the security agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.