Presidency sends delegates to condole with Anambra

St. Philip's Catholic Church, Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa Community of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is sending a five-man delegation to Anambra State today to visit and condole with the government and people of the State over last Sunday’s attack on worshippers at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

The attack resulted in the loss of a number of lives and injury to several others.

During the visit, the delegation will present a condolence letter from the Acting President Osinbajo on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria to Governor Willie Obiano.

In a statement released, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Laolu Akande said the delegation would also visit Bishop Hilary Okeke of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital also in Nnewi to meet with some of the victims of the attack still in the hospital.

“In the letter, Professor Osinbajo extends deep commiseration to the families, friends of the victims and the Ozubulu community on the death of their sons and daughters, praying for the speedy recovery of the injured still in the hospital.”

According to statement, “the Acting President condemned in very strong terms the atrocious and dastardly act which has brought sorrow to many innocent families and has rightly provoked widespread condemnation,” insisting that such barbaric act constitutes an insult to our common humanity and its challenges, but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.”

Professor Osinbajo said the Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari remains undeterred and will continually commit to deploying all available resources towards ensuring adequate security of lives and property in Anambra State and across the entire country.

The Acting President noted that he has instructed law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice without any delay.

He said he would remain engaged with Governor Obiano, the Police authorities and other security agencies to ensure that “the lives and property of citizens of Anambra State and indeed all Nigerians are well protected anywhere they may live”.

The delegation is made up of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril; and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka.

Sammie Idika