The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has mourned the murder of the Parish Priest of St. James The Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu by unknown gunmen.
A statement issued yesterday by South East CAN and signed by zonal chairman, Bishop Goddy Madu, the association said it was traumatized and in agony over the ugly development.
The cleric said the killing of Offu and other men of God was utterly condemnable and that the Christian body would no longer condone such.
“This latest killing has brought tears and agony to the body of Christ. This is not the first, the second, nor the third time the Church is at the receiving end of such heinous attack.
“Consequently, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South East zone is calling on law enforcement agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.
“Also, the CAN Southeast is consoling with the Catholic Diocese of Enugu and pray the good Lord to grant the soul of Rev. Fr. Offu and other men of God who have lost their lives peaceful rest,” he said.
Similarly, the Secretary of the CAN in the 17 Southern States, Apostle Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, in a reaction to the killing said there were indications that some persons were working to sabotage the good efforts of the current government in the State led by Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Ajujungwa called on the Church and the good citizens of Nigeria “to watch as we pray.
“The CAN Southeast is calling on the National Assembly to make a law stopping these deadly herdsmen from parading and causing disunity and tears to the good citizens of Nigeria.”
“The CAN Southeast zone is strongly standing behind the South-East Governors Forum on their decision on security and we call on every Nigerian to defend themselves and their environment,” he added.