Buhari describes as ‘satanic’ the killings of priests, 13 worshippers by suspected herdsmen in Benue Church


President Muhammadu Buhari has described as vile and satanic the killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

Suspected herdsmen killed 15 people in an early morning attack on the church on Tuesday.

The attackers also burnt 50 houses and sacked the entire community.

In a State House statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adeshina, President Buhari described the killing as “vile and satanic.”

Below is the statement:

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS DESPICABLE KILLING OF PRIESTS AND WORSHIPPERS IN BENUE CHURCH

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as vile and satanic the killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

“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.

Stressing that the country will not bow to the machinations of evildoers, President Buhari vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.

FEMI ADESINA

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

April 24, 2018
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