This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, August 6, 2017
MURIC CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN ANAMBRA CHURCH
7th August, 2017
CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN ANAMBRA CHURCH
yesterday invaded St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local
Government Area of Anambra state. According to reports, about 35 worshippers
were killed in the attack while scores of others were injured.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) denounces this wanton
massacre of innocent people. It is heartless, ungodly and barbaric. In
particular, we condemn the attack on the Catholic church because places of
worship do not belong to the builders. They belong to God. Any attack on a
place of worship is therefore an affront against God. No homo sapien has the
right to extend hostilities to the house of God.
The speculation that
the attack was an extension of a drug war is therefore not acceptable as an
excuse for this most criminal and inhuman attack. What of the lives of several
worshippers that were wasted? What was their own offence? The invaders
allegedly came with the intention of squaring up with Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu,
a notable businessman from Amakwa who built and donated the church to Nnewi
Diocese. They killed their target’s father, Pa Ikegwuonu, and shot his mother
in the arm.
MURIC charges Nigerian
security agencies to unveil the killers with lightning speed. We urge people in
the neighbouring communities to supply useful information on this tragic
incident to the security agencies. We also advise Nigerians to be security
conscious at all times because insecurity is a constant threat to economic
growth and prosperity.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)