NEWS – Statement on the St. Francis Catholic Church Massacre in Owo, Nigeria

The World Methodist Council (WMC) joined religious leaders, civil society organizations, and governments in condemning the coordinated attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church. According to the latest reports, as many as 50 may be dead, including children, and scores are wounded.

Bishop Ivan Abrahams, general secretary of the World Methodist Council, said: “Gunning down innocent people celebrating the Feast of Pentecost is a cowardly and sacrilegious deed.” He further expressed condolences to the bereaved families and called for prayers for those wounded in the attack.

The WMC notes the increased number of attacks and kidnappings by armed groups, especially in the northeast of Nigeria, where more than 40,000 have been killed and more than a million people displaced.

We urge the Nigerian authorities to act decisively in apprehending the perpetrators to see that justice is done through the courts