BY Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has sent a five-man Federal Government delegation to Anambra State 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 of the State. That despicable attack resulted in the loss of a number of lives and injury to several others.
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.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, 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. The delegation will 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 commiserations 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.
He said 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.
He said “such barbaric act constitutes an affront to our common humanity, and it challenges, but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.”