Tears flowed freely on Friday at the funeral mass for the victims of the June 5th, Terror attack at the Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, Owo, Ondo state.
Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, and his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu attended the funeral mass held at the Mydas Resort and Hotel, Owo.
Governor Akeredolu, who wept during his speech said the government failed to protect the victims of the terror attack.
Governor Akeredolu stressed that the forces on the other side are evil, assuring that they will not triumph forever.
“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 supports. They will not triumph over us forever.”
The Governor 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 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 Bishop of Ondo Catholic Diocese, Dr. Jude Arogundade declared that Governor Akeredolu has not failed in protecting his people.
Bishop Arogundade wondered why the people of the country need to beg for state police, despite the endless attack and killings.
He 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 happened has bloods on their hands.