Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, on wednesday condemned the killing of two priests, Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, one catechist and 14 worshippers who attended Morning Mass at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, Ayar-Mbalom, in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that the assailants in the early hours of Tuesday morning, attacked the priests and the Parishioners who went for 5.30am Mass.
According to reports, many of the villagers sustained serious injuries just as nearly 50 houses were reportedly burnt during the attack.
Reacting, Bishop Ezeokafor called for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act, even as he wondered why such heinous crimes should be allowed to take place in the first instance.
“I am seriously pained. What manner of country is this? A country where some people are untouchables. A country where some people will be killing innocent citizens. Let me tell you, what we are witnessing today in this country is simply a coordinated attacks against certain individuals and groups.
“This senseless killing of the innocent Nigerians are becoming a daily occurrence. Why can’t our government put a stop to these killings here and there? Is it not obvious that some people, somewhere are carrying out a particular agenda? There is more to this than meets the eye,” Bishop Ezeokafor said.
The Catholic prelate expressed deep sadness over the inability of the Nigerian government to secure her citizens from those he termed bloodsucking demons, saying that it appeared to him that a particular set of people were targeted.
Bishop Ezeokafor condoled with the entire Benue Catholic Community and Christians in general, especially those who lost their dear ones in the sad incident.
The cleric while condoling with the victims’ families prayed for quick repose of their souls.