President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Tuesday’s killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State is vile and satanic.
The attack happened on Tuesday when the priests and members of St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church were emerging from morning mass. Reverend Fathers Gor Joseph and Felix were those killed.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President extended sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, especially the Bishop.
“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,” the statement said.
Buhari, who stated that the country will never bow to the machinations of evildoers, vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.
Reacting earlier, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo stated that the killings of the reverend fathers and the others was a ploy to cause religious war in the country.
Osinbajo stated on Tuesday that it is sacrilegious for wicked minds to kill in a place of worship.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Deeper Life Bible Church new auditorium in Gbagada, Lagos, he said, “the killings in the church was a ploy by the devil to cause religious war in Nigeria.
“While the security agencies continued to work to bring the perpetrators to book, the body of Christ must not lose focus, but must do more in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Nobody can stop the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord is building His church and the gate of hell cannot prevail against the church,” the Vice President said.
Meanwhile, the Benue governor Samuel Ortom has cut short his vacation in response to the fresh security challenge in the troubled state.