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Monday, 7 August 2017

Anambra State Governor Declares Monday As A Day Of Mourning In Honour Of Worshippers Killed In Catholic Church In The State

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has declared Monday as a day of mourning in honour of the 11 worshippers who were killed by unknown gunmen at a church in Ozubulu area of the state. The governor, in a short message, called on all Anambra indigenes to hold a special prayer for the peaceful repose of the souls of the dead and the speedy recovery of the wounded.

He also urged the people of the state to observe one-minute silence at exactly 12 noon on Monday in honour of the dead.

The message read in part: ”The gruesome murder of our brothers and sisters who went to early morning Mass today (Sunday) to worship their God by a gunman has touched the heart and soul of my administration and woken our humanity.

”I enjoin Ndi Anambra at home and in the Diaspora to unite with all the families who lost their loved ones in these senseless killings to observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims of this mass murder.

”I plead with all the leaders of the church, irrespective of denomination and other religious bodies and groups, to alert their members and hold special prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of the dead and a speedy recovery of the wounded.

”I also urge them to ensure that every church bell in Anambra State will toll at the stroke of 12 noon, tomorrow, Monday, August 7, 2017. And to reflect our collective sorrowful mood, I urge Ndi Anambra to wear predominantly dark colours on the said day in honour of the dead.

”A condolence register has been opened in the Government House for people who wish to send soothing messages to the bereaved families and the Government and People of Anambra State.”

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