By Nwafor Sunday
With the atrocious death of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, the Parish Priest of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday asked religious leaders to put the country in prayer.
In a statement disclosed by the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari condoled with the Catholic Church, and the government of Enugu, instructing law enforcement agencies to fish out perpetrators and bring them to justice.
He expressed deep shock and dismay over the killing of the priest and ordered a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution.
Buhari who described the killing of the priest as “barbaric and unwarranted’’, assured the Catholic Church and all Nigerians that the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness’’ will be intensified as security of lives and property continues to top his priorities.
His words, “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,” he added.
Directing law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in their investigations and bring the perpetrators of the “horrific crime’’ to book, the President called on all religious leaders to pray for peace, healing and security of the country.