The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM) has gifted the sum of two million naira to victims of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church attack in Owo, Ondo State.
The generous donation which was made during a meeting with Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, the Olowo of Owo at his palace, adds to a number of monetary support garnered by survivors of the shooting on June 5.
Speaking during a sit-down at the royal palace, National President of NBM, Olorogun Ese Kakor, condemned the attack on innocent worshippers, terming the act as evil. Kakor, who visited the scene of the killings called on the federal government to increase efforts towards solving the issues of security in Nigeria.
The group leader also expressed his dismay on how a worship centre situated at the heart of the town was attacked; moreso the killing of locales in the sanctuary.
‘We came to sympathise with the church on this attack. We come to share in their grief and sympathise with the people of Owo.
‘Intelligence matters a lot. Security agents have to up their game. It is getting worse. Nigerians have to report suspicious movement around them.
‘NBM has nothing to do with Blackaxe confraternity. Blackaxe is a criminal organisation. We are a humanitarian organisation and not criminal,’ he stated.
Kakor promised that the organisation will assist in showcasing the values of Owo community through its culture and what it stands for; a move to promote the upcoming Owo Igogo festival held at this time of the year.
Parish Priest of the church, Father Vincent Amadin has spoken on the uncertainty of injured persons during the attack. According to him, some of the victims went home after the incident, but discovered they had internal injuries in the days that followed.
‘You cannot say this is the actual figure because more than half of the church were affected. There are various forms of injuries. Some just went home with minor injuries but they are complaining now. A woman that didn’t know she had internal injuries called me yesterday after she fell,’ he said.
Following the kind gesture by NBM, Oba Ogunoye of Owo relayed his gratitude to the group, and echoed calls for the federal government to do more in protecting lives and property. He then extended an invitation to the NBM organisation to be a part of the centuries-old Igogo Festival this year.
‘It is an unfortunate incident, we never expected the attack. Nigeria has been experiencing terrorist attacks but we were never concerned that this incident could come to our area. We are experiencing it now.
‘Our humanity is challenged. The FG should focus on protecting lives and property. We should get prepared to defend ourselves. The perpetrators are looking for soft spots. We must protect ourselves. Nobody has the right to take life.
‘I am happy to hear that your movement is at the forefront of the promotion of African culture. I have been striving to promote our culture.
‘In line with your organisation’s philosophy, I am inviting you to be part of the Igogo festival. It is a unique festival that has existed for over 600 years.
‘This is high time we promote our culture and tradition that are not in conflict with the best reasoning. I thank you for coming at this hour of grief.’
Neo-Black Movement Of African is a pan-African organisation that promotes African culture and engages in humanitarian services.