The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has condemned the terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa, Owo, Ondo State on Sunday, leaving over 50 people dead with many injured.
In a statement posted via his Instagram account, Ooni Ogunwusi stated in strong terms that the Yoruba people cannot be overrun in their homes, adding that they are ready to defend themselves against “external invaders.”
He warned against plan by a group of bloodsucking enemies of God who had vowed to destabilise the Southwest region and lamented over the vulnerability of Nigerians especially the poor who he said are often victims of violent attacks.
The statement partly read, “What occurred yesterday (Sunday) was a gruesome massacre dastardly targeted at turning Yorubaland into a war zone. However, we the descendants of Oduduwa, although peace-loving, cannot be overrun in our own homes, do not be mistaken, we have the capacity and are prepared and ready to defend ourselves against all external invaders.
“When calamities like this befall us without a single trace, the interpretation is that the intelligence unit of our country’s security architecture is probably faulty or completely missing.
“I implore the six governors across the South-West region and their brothers nationwide as well as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)-led Federal Government, to live up to their oaths of securing Nigerians and ensuring safety for all citizens irrespective of their age, sex, religion or tribe.”