…consoles bishops, Ortom and others over church killings
The former Governor of Anambra, Mr. Peter Obi, has condemned the bombing of the residence of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo. He also consoled the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria; the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, and the entire people of the State as well as the families of the priests and other faithful killed in the recent attack in the Church.
He regretted that the dust raised by the Church killing was yet to die down when the ugly news of the bombing of Chief Nnia Nwodo’s house was broken. Obi consoled Nwodo for the misfortune, which he described as the “the misfortune of the country”.
The former Governor lamented that the spate of killing and bombing was classical case of the desecration of the human life and very bad narrative about Nigeria. “I was attending an international event in London when a highly-placed British official that was at a conference with me showed me the news as published on social media. Though I felt humiliated being shown such news by a non-Nigerian, nonetheless, I Immediately called home and confirmed it. The Briton, even though he was most courteous, told me the impression such killings have on international community. He said that nobody would like to invest in a country with such proclivity for taking of lives without compunction,” Obi said.
Condemning the killing, which he observed appeared to be going out of control, he called on the Government to act quickly and seriously to stop it, which he noted would be scary to even local investors and injurious to Nigeria’s economy. “Besides,” Obi said, “it negates the fundamental freedom of worship, association and movement and questions our unity as a country.”
To those Nigerians promoting the culture of death and divisiveness, Obi, while encouraging Nigerians to be vigilant, called on them to have a rethink asking rhetorically: “If we destroy our country, are we going to move over to Niger Republic?”
It will be recalled that the country home of President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, was on Sunday rocked by an explosion. The incident is believed to have been caused by an improvised explosive device.
A yet-to-be identified person threw the explosive device into the building at Ukehe, in Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, about 5:30am on Sunday.