The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday said the killing of worshippers by gunmen at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
Dozens of worshippers were reported to have been killing in the attack.
According to Sultan, it is mandatory for security agencies to help in rescuing the helpless citizens that all Nigerians have become.
The Sultan, in a statement by Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, NSCIA Director of Administration, described the heinous attack as a crime against humanity, and a grievous and inexplicable sin.
“All peoples of faith should take this attack as a direct attack on all law-abiding citizens and should therefore be in the vanguard to halt the evil that appears to be assailing the life, property and integrity of humanity, particularly believers in God,” he said.
The council also urged the governments at all levels to issue and pursue an ultimatum for the security agencies to unravel the identity and bring to book, the perpetrators “of the violation of sanctity of not only life, but also religions.
“The security agents, who have been engaged to combat criminality and insecurity, are enjoined to heed the Qur’anic call that: ‘…For had it not been that God checks one set of people by means of another; monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the name of God is persistently mentioned would surely have been pulled down. Verily, God will help those who help His (Cause). Truly, God is All-Strong, All-Mighty. (Q 22: 40)’.
“The council stands in absolute solidarity with the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Catholic community, the government and people of Ondo State and commiserates with the families of the victims in this period of immeasurable agony and distress.
“May Allah grant us peace and security in our nation. Amin!”