President Buhari Speaks On The Killing Of Catholic Priest In Enugu State
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Catholic Church over the killing of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, the Priest of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State.
Paul Offu was fatally shot on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Enugu.
In a message released by Garba Shehu, the president’s Special Assistant on Media, Buhari expressed shock and dismay over the killing of another priest, ordering a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution.
The President commiserated with the government and people of Enugu State, family of Rev Fr. Offu and members of the parish and all Christians.
Describing the killing of the priest as “barbaric and unwarranted’’, President Buhari assured the Catholic Church and all Nigerians that the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness’’ will be intensified.
He reiterated that the security of lives and properties is one of his administration’s priorities.
Buhari added: “The entire nation is shaken by the horrible assassination of this priest. The administration will continue to guarantee the freedom of religion and protect places of worship as well as the lives of citizens wherever they live.”
The President directed law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the “horrific crime’’ to book.
He called on all religious leaders to pray for peace, healing and security of the country.