By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
While calling for the arrest of perpetrators of the Sunday church killings in Owo Ondo State, The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has described the dastardly act as one targetted at setting Nigerians against each other.
This was expressed in a statement signed by the ACF Secretary-General, Murtala Aliyu, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday May 7, 2022.
“These attack of worship centers are aimed at setting our dear peace-loving people against each other.
“The Arewa Consultative Forum will, strongly, appreciate all efforts be put in bringing the culprits to book,” it said.
The Forum said that it shall not take any excuse of linking such dastardly act to only unknown gunmen, as Nigerians live and dine with the perpetrators in communities.
“It is, no more, acceptable to allow such inexorable killings happening without an inkling of an intelligence report that could nib that in the bud.
“Let our security operatives pay the necessary attentions in saving Nigeria of viable lives.
A lost of a human life is a loss of a nation,” it pointed out.
In the statement titled, “Owo Killing:- An eroded humanity” the Arewa Consultative Forum said that it is shocked over what it considers as the most barbaric and implacable human act, in the recent time.
“The killing of innocent worshippers, at St. Francis Catholic Church, in Owo Town of Ondo State, on a first service week, ushering the month of June, could, best, be described as an unimaginable erosion of inhumanity enveloping the nation.
“The ACF frowns at such animalistic attack on a peace-loving community, in which scores of lives were lost, with others battling for their lives in the hospitals.
“Similar killings have, earlier, taken place in mosques in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kaduna states, in the North West and Borno and Yobe states in the North East,” it noted.
The Arewa Consultative Forum sends its condolence messages to the Ondo State Government, the Owo Community and the immediate and extended families of the deceased, while praying for the quick recovery of the injured.