Owo massacre: Yoruba can’t be overrun — Ooni
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, condemned the barbarous attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owa-luwa, Owo, Ondo State on Sunday, which resulted in the deaths of over 50 people, stating that the yorubas cannot be conquered.
While condemning the occurrence as a heinous massacre designed to turn Yorubaland into a war zone, the king stated that the peace-loving Yoruba had the ability to defend themselves.
In a statement released on Monday by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, Ooni Ogunwusi warned against a plan by a group of bloodthirsty enemies of God who had vowed to destabilize the Southwest region.
He also bemoaned the vulnerability of Nigerians, particularly the poor, who he said are frequently the targets of violent attacks.
“Everyone should be reminded that yesterday, June 6th, marked exactly one year since an invading band of killer herdsmen killed at least twenty people in Igangan, Ibarapa North local government of Oyo State on Saturday night, torching several houses, the palace of the Asigangan, and a popular gas station while the inhabitants were asleep. Exactly one year prior!” Ooni stated.
He said that there have been indications of criminals preparing to infiltrate and wreak havoc in Yorubaland, similar to what occurred yesterday in Owo.
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“When disasters of this nature befall us without a trace, it is assumed that the intelligence unit of our nation’s security architecture is either defective or altogether absent.
“However, we, the descendants of Oduduwa, cannot be overrun in our own home since we are prepared to defend ourselves against exterior invaders.”
Instead of depressing us, this will enhance our commitment to deploy manpower, resources, and technology to defend lives and property.
“The six governors in the south west region and their brothers across the country, as well as the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, should live up to their vows of securing Nigerians and ensuring the safety of the citizens.” The Ooni declared.
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The Ooni also expressed his condolences to the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunloye III, the entire Owo kingdom, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Government, the people of Owo, the Priest and parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owa-luwa, Owo, the families of all the victims, and the entire population
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