President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday condemns the dastardly attack on Monday night in three communities in Íshíelu Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State.
The affected communities are Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities. A Methodist priest and 17 others were reportedly killed after suspected herdsmen attacked the communities.
A statement by Garba Shehu,
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said Buhari had directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the attackers and make them face justice, stressing that the perpetrators of this “heinous attack” should not be spared.
“The President extends his deepest sympathies to families and friends who have lost loved ones, and to every member of the communities in Ebonyi State traumatised by these despicable acts of wickedness.”
Similarly, the President sent a message of sympathy to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, who survived an attack by gunmen in Aguata LGA of Anambra State as he consulted with people on his political aspiration.
Expressing concern at the influx of illegal weapons, President Buhari reassures Nigerians that ongoing efforts which had led to the record recovery of illegal weapons and arrests of a large number of arms suppliers would be intensified.
He said, “I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on an outstanding Nigerian, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
“Our prayers are with him and the families of the security operatives who lost their lives trying to defend innocent citizens assembled for a peaceful meeting.
“We will continue to empower the police and the armed forces in their brave struggle against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.”