Following a recent gunmen attack on a church in Anambra state during which scores were killed, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has constituted a five-man delegation that would be visitiging and condole with government and people of the state over horrific attack on worshipers.
Although, the government had expressed its sadness over the killing of unsuspecting worshipers who were shot after unidentified gunmen opened fire indiscriminately on the people while in worship session at the church.
During the attacked, it was reported that no fewer than 13 worshipers were killed and 20 others injured after the place of worship was invaded, St. Philips Catholic Church, at Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
Through a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the acting president on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Saturday in Abuja, it was confirmed that the office put together a delegation of five men, who were assigned to visit the state and condole the people on behalf of the presidency
According to the presidential statement, the delegation is made up of Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Usman Jibril; and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka.
It stated that during the visit, the delegation would present a condolence letter from the acting president on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria to the state governor, Willie Obiano.
The letter reads: “ Prof. Osinbajo extends deep commiserations to the families, friends of the victims and the Ozubulu community on the death of their sons and daughters and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured still in the hospital.
“The acting President condemned in very strong terms the atrocious and dastardly act which has brought sorrow to many innocent families and, has rightly provoked widespread condemnation.’’
He said the acting President further noted that “such barbaric act constitutes an affront to our common humanity, and challenges, but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.’’
Prof. Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would remain undeterred and would continually commit to deploying all available resources towards ensuring adequate security of lives and property in Anambra and across the country.
The Acting President noted that he had instructed law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice without any delay.
He said he would remain engaged with Gov. Obiano, the Police authorities and other security agencies to ensure that “the lives and property of citizens of Anambra and all Nigerians are well protected anywhere they may live.’’
Meanwhile, it was reported that a similar letter was sent to the governor during the by President Muhammadu Buhari, in which commiserated with government and people of Anambra over the horrific Church incident.