Anambra Church Attack: Ozubulu Church Reopens
Ozubulu people are wiping away their tears, gradually.
They can still hear the echoes of the screams of people slain by armed men in the presence of God.
They came to church and were asked to close their eyes in prayers while the heavily armed security operatives kept theirs open.
After a horrendous attack that left 13 of their kinsmen who had gone to church to worship, dead and 18 injured, the people are wondering if they will ever get over the shock.
On Sunday, normal church services were held at St. Philips Catholic Church where the attack occurred.
The church was sealed after the August 6 massacre.
Reports said there was an initial low turn-out of parishioners but the attendance later picked up.
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It was gathered that the service was attended by officials of the state government led by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu.
Also, present at the Mass was Aloysius Ikegwuonu, popularly called ‘Bishop” and one of the chieftains of the village, who was alleged to have been the target of the attack.
Ikegwuonu, who lost his father in the attack, refused to talk to newsmen, but one of his aides said his principal would talk at the appropriate time.
Security operatives were seen in and around the church wielding arms.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Jude Onwuaso, the Parish Priest, encouraged parishioners not to be deterred by Aug 6 attack, adding that “God is still on the throne”.