Nimbo Community Buries Victims of Herdsmen Massacre
In an emotion laden voice, the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Friday warned that the unfortunate massacre of Nimbo people by Fulani herdsmen will not happen again as no fewer than nine victims of the sad event of April 25 were buried in Nimbo Community.
The unfortunate invasion of our land "will never happen on our soil again. We won't take this again," Ugwuanyi said amid wailing by the people at a funeral service held at St Mary's Catholic Church, Nimbo in Uzo-UwaniLocal Government Area, Enugu State. .
Uwuanyi lamented the killing of the Nimbo people, stressing that, "though our emotions cannot restore them to life, we find solace in the fact that the whole world had stood by us and offered us sympathy and solidarity, ever since the incident that took their lives, occurred.
"We make bold to declare that their deaths can never be in vain and we pledge to do all that is within our legitimate means, to give them justice. Like the martyrs they have become, the spilling of their innocent blood is already saving souls as it has aroused in our people and indeed the whole nation, a burning impulse to do all that is necessary to prevent the future occurrence of similar incidents anywhere in the country," he noted.
He therefore expressed gratitude to the generality of Nigerians who put aside religious, ethnic and political differences, to offer us their hands of support and sympathy after the killings, while also thanking the Federal Government and the security agencies for the steps they are taking to prevent future occurrences and addressing the issues that led to the incident.
In his homily, Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Rt. Rev. Godfrey Onah
urged the federal government to ensure that such invasion and gruesome murder of hapless citizens did not reoccur not just in Enugu state but in any part of the country insisting that the primary responsibility of a responsible government should be to protect the lives and property of her citizens.
In the sermon of lamentation, the Catholic cleric said though it was a day of mourning, the villagers should also offer Thanksgiving to God for not allowing the invaders to achieve the primary aim of wiping out the entire community.
"Those marauders had one thing in mind in that fateful day and that was to wipe away the entire Nimbo community but they failed. The fact that we are all here with these number of villagers is a testimony that God is good and we have every reason to Thank the Almighty for sparing the lives of these ones," Bishop Onah added.