Governor Okorocha said the killings experienced in some parts for Nigeria are beyond religion
He said the recent killings in Zamfara and Plateau have shown that religion is not the reason behind the deadly violence threatening the country’s peace
– He, however, sought the collaboration of religious bodies in tackling insecurity in the country
The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, said on Sunday, July 1, that the recent killings in some parts of the country, especially Plateau and Zamfara states were beyond religious sentiments.
Okorocha stated that no religious group is spared in the killings, adding that “in some of the incidents both Christians and Muslims were victims”, The Nation reports.
He noted that the country is at the moment passing through very difficult times and urged religious leaders and all Nigerians “to pray to God for the peace of the country not minding where one comes from and which religion one belongs
Okorocha said this at the 10th Episcopal Anniversary of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo state, His Lordship, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu.
He lamented that “some people have lost their sense of value for lives with the rate at which blood-letting is going on in this Country”.
According to him: “Initially, I thought that what was going on in some parts of the country was a religious war; but the Plateau and Zamfara killings have shown that what we have in our hands is beyond religious killings.
“In these killings, Muslims were killing Muslims and Christians killing Christians. They kill innocent citizens both young and old. And for us Christians, this is the time to pray for peace and love for one another”.
Governor Okorocha told the bishop “the reason I join the world to celebrate you at your 10th Episcopal Anniversary is that you are a very good Bishop. You are the kind of Bishop that uses his office to attract people to God rather than chase them away from God. And that has endeared you to God”.
He also commended the Orlu Catholic Diocese for starting a university project, stating that he had challenged the bishop about two years ago that the Diocese should start a university and expressed joy that the Diocese has begun the project.
“I also remember that the Imo state government promised to donate a taken of N100million for the university project, of which N50million had been given. And let me use this opportunity to ask that the balance of N50million be paid immediately to complete the N100million”, the governor stated.
The bishop had earlier in his speech thanked God for being solidly behind him in his priesthood and also thanked the governor and the government he heads for showing special interest in things of God.
The attack was said to have occurred at Sabon Angwa around Mararaban Kantoma of Barkinladi local government council of Plateau state on Sunday, July 1.
This Day reported that the attack left six people dead, while 15 houses and a church, Baptist Church, in the community were razed.
The secretary of Beron Educational and Cultural Organisation said the attack took place at about 2am. It was also gathered that a hospital belonging to the government was torched during the attack.