The Meluibe Empowerment Foundation has commiserated with the relatives, community members, and the leadership of Owo over the Sunday attack on St. Francis Catholic church in Owo town, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State in Nigeria which reportedly claimed over 38 lives.
The organisation in a statement signed by its Director of Programmes, Obialunanma Nnaobi condemned the attack and appealed to the law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts in nabbing the perpetuators.
According to the statement, “Our hearts go out to the relatives of the victims of those killed in the attack against St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-Iuwa Street, Owo, Ondo State on Sunday June 5, 2022. We also empathise with the government and people of Ondo State in this period of great loss and bereavement.
“Indeed, this is an irreparable loss to both the state and Nigeria at large. As we know, the glory and prosperity of any nation lies in its youth, and ever act that hampers the lives of its youth only sabotages the efforts of its citizens in building a prosperous nation.
“We desire a Nigeria where all citizens can thrive without the fear of oppression. This is an issue that affects all Nigerians, across the generational divide and irrespective of state, tribe or religion.
“We appeal to the government and law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts in nabbing the perpetuators of this evil and also ensure justice is served accordingly.
“In times as this, all stakeholders must come together to tackle insecurity at every level threatening our lives, livelihood and commonwealth. We cannot leave it to the government alone. While we join our voices in condemning this act, we must move beyond words.”
The Meluibe Empowerment Foundation is a women and youth-led organisation that works to empower communities to live more sustainable livelihoods, leveraging on technology in order to increase access to education and develop the capacity for knowledge transfer.