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Owo Church Massacre: “I’ve Failed My People” – Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Weeps At Funeral For Slain Victims (Photos)

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Funeral

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, couldn’t contain his emotions as he cried bitterly on Friday, June 17th, during the funeral mass of the victims of the terrorist attack at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

It is worth recalling that Sunday, June 5th, was a Black Friday for Nigerians after gunmen entered the Catholic Church and sporadically fired on worshipers, killing dozens and injuring others.

The remains of the victims killed in the attack were buried today, Friday, June 17th, with a funeral mass that was held at the Mydas Resort and Hotel, Owo.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, attended the event.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who wept during his speech, said the government had failed to protect the victims of the terrorist attack.

“We have failed to defend these people. Not because we have not tried, but because these forces on the other side are evil and they have support. They will not triumph over us forever,” He said.

The governor stated that something needs to be done in the country and that the country’s security architecture needs to be restructured.

“When I see the sea of heads that are here it speaks volumes. What has happened to us in Owo in Ondo state is indescribable. A lot of words are used to qualify it. Dastardly, horrendous. But I still believe there are words to use to describe it but I still short of those words.

“We have just 22 (deceased) in this hall. A few of them have been buried. Because the relatives couldn’t wait till today. But as at the last count, these animals came to the church and murdered 40 people.” Governor Akeredolu added.

However, the Bishop of Ondo Catholic Diocese, Dr. Jude Arogundade, reacted quickly and said that Akeredolu has not failed to defend his people.

“You didn’t fail. You are a strong soldier. Your determination to protect those who voted you into power is unquestionable. This was done by cowards. You have tried your best.” Bishop Arogundade said.

He thanked the governor for agreeing to create a memorial park to honor the victims, noting that those who created the situation that caused the incident had blood on their hands.

Members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, the Honorable David Bamidele Oleyelogun, also attended the service.

Also present at the funeral mass were members of the State Executive Council, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu.

Other dignitaries present at the funeral service were: Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Ade Adetimehin; and Chieftain of the APC , Chief Olusola Oke.

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