Ondo, 11 June, 2023 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
One year after the attack on Catholic worshippers, who had gathered at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese for Pentecost Sunday Eucharistic celebration, and the people of God in the Southwestern region of Nigeria are yet to come to terms with the events of that fateful day, the State Governor has said.
The 5 June 2022 attack that involved several gunmen left at least 40 Catholic worshippers dead, among them women and children.
“We are still grappling with the shock from the attack. One year after, we are still nursing our pain. The scars of the heavy blow dealt to us will always remind us of our losses and the pain we endured,” Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is quoted as saying in a report published Tuesday, June 6 report.
Governor Oluwarotimi adds, "The horrific attack was a dagger drawn into our hearts. It was the dastardliest act that could happen in any society. Our people were mindlessly killed by cowards and mass murderers. It was a tale of pain, sorrow, and fear.”
The Nigerian politician who has been at the helm of Ondo State since 2017 says that the 2022 Pentecost Sunday attack on Catholic worshippers was a desecration of a place of worship, which he says was “turned into a slaughter slab”.