Buhari condoles with Catholic Bishop, Benue State over killing of 2 priests, worshippers


…Vows to bring assailants to justice

…As PDP mourns Frs. Gor and Tyolaha, parishoners

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday condoled with the government and people of Benue State over the gruesome murder of two Catholic priests, Rev. Frs. Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha and seventeen other worshippers at St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Mbalom in Gwer West LGA of the State on Tuesday.

The people of Benue and indeed all Nigerians woke up to the news of the killing of the two priests and the faithful who gathered at the church for the morning mass when the Fulani herdsmen struck, killing nineteen including the priest leaving scores wounded.

The President in a message on his twitter handle also condoled with the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese, priests and the entire Catholic community of St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Mbalom in Gwer West LGA of the State over the murder while promising to bring the assailants to book.

In his words,” I extend my sincere condolences to the Govt. and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests & members of the St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings of worshippers & two priests by gunmen.

“This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting”.

He however assured the people of Benue and indeed all Nigerian, that he would ensure that the assailants were apprehended and brought to justice for this vile and sacrilegious act.

“I want to assure the people of Benue, and all Nigerians, that we will ensure that the assailants are apprehended and brought to justice for this vile and sacrilegious act”, he said.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the needless killing of Frs. Gor Joseph and Felix Tyolaha as well as parishioners of St Ignatius Quasi Parish, Ukpor, Mbalom in Gwer West LGA of Benue State.

The party further condemns the needless killings in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Zamfara and other states were bloodlettings have become daily occurrences.

The party charged the federal government to live up to its basic responsibility of protection of lives and the national territorial integrity.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims of these horrendous killings”, the party said.

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