Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Friday lamented that government failed to protect the victims of the attack at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State.
Akeredolu, who could not hold back tears, stated this at the funeral mass for victims of the terror attack.
While recounting the terror attack, lamented that the government failed to defend the victims of the 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,” Akeredolu said.
The governor further noted that something must be done in the country, adding that the security architecture of the nation needs rejigging.
“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 am 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,” the governor said.
The Bishop of Ondo Diocese of the Catholic Church, Dr. Jude Arogundade, in a swift response, declared that Akeredolu has not failed in protecting his people.
Arogundade said: ”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.”
The cleric, who wondered why the people of the country need to beg for state police, despite the endless attack and killings, thanked the governor for accepting to designate a memorial park in honour of the victims, stressing that those who created the situation that made the incident happen has blood on their hands.