“The identity of the perpetrators remains unknown while the situation has left the community devastated,” Fr. Ikwu says, adding that “for now, security agencies have been deployed to the community to relatively handle the situation.”
The Nigerian Catholic Priest further says, “All the Priests and Bishop in the Parish are safe and none was kidnapped as the social media has it.”
He adds in reference to the Priests ministering at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish, “Let us continue to pray for them and the good people of Owo and the state at large.”
“The Bishop appeals that we remain calm, be law abiding and pray for peace and normalcy to return to our community, state and country,” the Director of Social Communications in Ondo Diocese further says in his June 5 statement shared with ACI Africa.
Fr. Ikwu adds, “At this point in the history of our dear country Nigeria, we need God's ultimate intervention to restore peace and tranquility.”
“We turn to God to console the families of those whose lives were lost to this distressing incident, and we pray for the departed souls to rest in peace. Amen,” the Catholic Priest implores.
In a press release issued June 5, the Director of the Holy See press says Pope Francis “learned of the attack on the church in Ondo, Nigeria, and the death of dozens of faithful, many children, during the celebration of Pentecost.”
“While the details of the incident are being clarified, Pope Francis prays for the victims and for the country, painfully affected in a moment of celebration, and entrusts both to the Lord, to send his Spirit to comfort them,” Matteo Bruni adds.
In a statement issued on his behalf on June 5, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly condemned the “heinous” killing of worshipers.
“The President says only fiends from the nether region could have conceived and carried out such a dastardly act, adding that eternal sorrow awaits them both on earth here, and ultimately in the hereafter,” the statement says.