Benue Killing: Violating A Place Of Worship Is Despicable, Satanic - Buhari
A place of worship in Benue State turned to a place of war and the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is not happy.
Christians had gathered in a Catholic Church Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area for morning mass, but that service ended on a sad note.
Suspected herdsmen that have ravaged communities in the state attacked them and killed at least 13 persons, including two priests.
It is an attack that has again shored up the number of persons killed in the state between January and now.
President Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, condemned the attack and described the killing of the worshippers as vile, despicable and satanic.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests and members of the St. Ignatius' Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen.
"This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable.
"Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting," the President said.
It is one of the several attacks on communities in Benue State that President Buhari had visited in March. During that visit residents of some of the communities have raised concerns that the killings were dragging on for two long.
He had during his visit promised them that the killings will come to and end with the presence of the military on Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race).
It appears no cat is racing after all.
Again, on Tuesday, President Buhari reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the gunmen would be punished.
"The country will not bow to the machinations of evildoers," the President stressed.
He further vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.