Oodua Union Condemns Owo Attack and Demands Arrest of Perpetrators | The Guardian Nigeria News

• Says the blood of innocent worshipers demands justice
• Asks the Yoruba to stand up to defend the region
• Onitiri, C&S urge FG to avoid religious crisis and declare national days of mourning
• Yoruba diaspora group insists on regionalism as panacea for Nigeria’s challenges

The Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) African Chapter yesterday condemned the attack on worshipers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, describing the incident as one death too many.

In a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the OPU African Union Secretary General, Mr. Kayode Orenisi, the Yoruba diaspora socio-cultural organization instructed the federal and state governments to Ondo to fish out the killers of over 75 churchgoers.

The OPU has frowned on the wave of killings, saying the blood of those killed in the massacre demands justice and the deaths of innocent worshipers should not be politicized.

The group said: “The attack on innocent Christian worshipers in a predominantly Yoruba state and community is not just an isolated attack on some random Christians, but part of a dedicated, specific and well thought out strategy. to provoke the Yoruba nation.

“It is by its very nature a declaration of war which the Oodua Progressive Union in particular and the Yoruba nation as a whole cannot accept.

“We, the African Union members of OPU, urge the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), to spare no effort to flush out these perpetrators and their entire chain of command and foot soldiers. Ondo State and its environs.

“The ability of all Yoruba sons and daughters to defend themselves against killings of this nature cannot be taken for granted. We have the strength and the means to protect ourselves against external forces.

“We urge that a state of emergency be put in place immediately until these thorns on the side of the Yoruba people are removed. The safety and well-being of the people of Ondo must come first.

MEANWHILE, a renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, has urged the federal government to declare a national day of mourning in honor of those who died or were injured in the bloodbath.

Onitiri, who described the Owo massacre as satanic and diabolical, said: “The bloodshed is very barbaric and condemnable. This despicable act should be condemned by all God-fearing and patriotic Nigerians. The day they chose to attack Christians was the day of Pentecost, which was very important in Christianity when the followers of Jesus Christ received the Holy Spirit,” he said.

He warned that any attempt to start a religious war in the South would never succeed.

Onitiri therefore urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the security of the country.

ALSO, Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria condemned the attack on Owo worshipers.

In a statement yesterday, the Supreme Chief of C&S Worldwide, Dr Solomon Adegboyega Alao, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a seven-day national mourning for the deceased souls, saying the attack was apparently predetermined to scare Christians away from churches and decimating the Christian faithful in Nigeria.

He said the attack, which took place on the day that Christians around the world were commemorating the Day of Pentecost and weeks after the kidnapping of the prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche, was aimed at provoke the Christians and start a war of faith in the country. .

The cleric said the federal government remains complicit until the gunmen, who committed the heinous crime, are caught and prosecuted.

RELATED, a leading Yoruba diaspora organization, Yoruba One Voice (YOV), has said that the only solution to the myriad problems facing Nigeria is to return to the regional system of government.

The group’s global organizer, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, who spoke after the group’s annual conference held via zoom yesterday where he deliberated on the Owo carnage, said Nigeria cannot survive to its current challenges of insecurity unless it embraces the aspirations of other ethnic nationalities, or revising the existing Constitution of 1999 into a regional Constitution.

The group, in a statement after the meeting, maintained that the situation in the country depended on the will of the people to take their destiny into their own hands.

He insisted that the Yoruba Diaspora umbrella group would not fall into the bumpy traps of critics in their determination to seek the liberation of the South West region.

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