We’ve Failed To Defend Our People, Says Akeredolu As Massacre Victims Are Laid To Rest


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state Friday said Nigeria has failed to defend its people while saying goodbye to victims of the terror attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, Owo, Ondo State, which resulted in loss of lives.

The governor, who spoke at the funeral mass organised at the Mydas Resort and Hotel, Owo, said the government failed to defend its citizens.

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Akeredolu who couldn’t hold back his emotions said what happened in Owo, Ondo state is indescribable, adding that something must be done in the country to rejig the security architecture of the nation.

“We have failed to defend these people. Not because we have not tried, but because these forces on the other side are evil and they have support. They will not triumph over us forever.

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“When I see the sea of heads that are here it speaks volumes. What has happened to us in Owo in Ondo state is indescribable. A lot of words are used to qualify it. Dastardly, horrendous. But I still believe there are words to use to describe it but I am still short of those words.

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“We have just 22 (deceased) in this hall. A few of them have been buried. Because the relatives couldn’t wait till today. But as at the last count, these animals came to the church and murdered 40 people,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, the expansive hall of the Mydas Resort and Hotel was filled to the brim as the Ondo state government conducted a mass funeral for twenty-one victims of the Owo attack.

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Members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. David Bamidele Oleyelogun; Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Engr. Ade Adetimehin; and Chieftain of the APC , Chief Olusola Oke,SAN, were all present at the venue.

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