The International Peace Commission (IPC), Nigeria has joined several individuals and organisations calling for thorough investigation of the Ozubulu Catholic Church in Anambra State, and ensuring those found culpable are dealt with extensively.
IPC in a statement signed by its National President/Head of Mission (Nigeria), Amb. Obiora Anthony Odumah described the incident as shocking.
“The IPC therefore joins all well-meaning Nigerians in calling for the thorough investigation of the incident and the prosecution of everybody found culpable, to the full extent of the law.
“The International Peace Commission, Nigeria received with great shock and uttermost dismay, the news of the gruesome murder of innocent Nigerian Worshippers at St, Phillips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State on Sunday the 6th of August 2006.
“IPC Nigeria, an International NGO with affiliation to the United Nations is committed to the wellbeing and Peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians, condemns in the strongest terms, the terrible incident, as it is against the ideals of the Commission,” it said.
The IPC Nigeria extended its heartfelt and deepest condolences to the victims, their families, the Nigerian Catholic Church, and the people and Government of Anambra State.
“United by our unwavering commitment and shared aspiration of the peaceful coexistence of all peoples, the IPC in this trying times, stands with the People of Anambra State in our shared quest to restore peace to Anambra State, especially in the face of the coming gubernatorial elections, for which many pundits are already predicting doom.
“We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided.
Together we shall overcome,” it said.