President Buhari Condemns Murder of Enugu Catholic Priest, Condoles family, State Church

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, the Priest of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State, describing it as ‘barbaric and unwanted’.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, on Friday, Buhari mourned the clergyman, and sent his condolences to the Catholic.

The President expressed deep shock and dismay over the killing of another priest, ordering a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution.

He however assured Nigerians that the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness’’ will be intensified as security of lives and property continues to top his priorities.

Buhari said, “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,”

Directing law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the “horrific crime’’ to book, the President calls on all religious leaders to pray for peace, healing and security of the country.

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