Bodies of eleven persons slaughtered in the Fulani Herdsmen attack on Nimbo community of Enugu State on April 25 were yesterday, Friday, June 17, laid to rest amidst wailing from a suffocating crowd of relations and sympathizers.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was among notable sympathizers who thronged the ravaged community to bid the natives farewell and vowed that such killings that took place in Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani local council area of the state will not be allowed to happen again.
Also, present yesterday were former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, the senator representing the area, Senator Chukwuka Utazi and erstwhile minister of information, Chief John Nwodo.
Speaking during the burial service for nine of the victims of the attack held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nimbo, the governor said, ´’this will never happen again on our soil. We won’t take this again’.
It was the same tone of bitterness that took the better part of the homily delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Rt. Rev. Prof. Godfrey Onah, who condemned the killings and called on the Federal Government to do the needful to save the vulnerable farmers from any further attacks by the suspected herdsmen.
The governor had before the burial mass gone round to condole with the people of the community at the arena and especially took time with the widows of the slain men.
Speaking towards the end of the service he said that Monday, the 25th of April, 2016, will ever remain a dark, sad and solemn day in the memory of the people of Enugu State and indeed Nigerians at large.
“It was on that day that our brothers and sisters, whose remains are lying here before us, were ambushed and murdered in cold blood and in their own land.
“Having done all that was needful including attending to the injured and the displaced, we have assembled here, in tears and in grief, to bury the dead and bid their innocent souls a final farewell.
“Though our emotions cannot restore them to life, we find solace in the fact that the whole world 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”, said the governor.
Scores of Reverend Fathers from the Catholic Church were supported by priests from the Anglican communion during the service.