Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday donated N25 million to the people of Owo, who were affected by the recent gunmen attack, which claimed scores of worshippers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Sanwo-Olu, who paid a condolence visit to Ondo State Governor, Arakunri Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) at the State House in Akure in company of his Ogun State counterpart, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, announced a donation of N25 million each – totaling N75 million – on behalf of the three state governors to the people of Owo.
On behalf of the Governors, Abiodun also sympathised with Akeredolu, the Owo people and Ondo State at large, as well as families and victims of the Sunday 5th June ugly attack.
He said: “We find the attack, not just an attack on the good people of Owo and Ondo State but the entire people of the southwest.
“My brothers and I have decided to support the good people of Owo with a token sum of N25 million each, totaling N75 million. We indeed pray that such incidents like this will never reoccur”.
Speaking to journalists during the condolence visit, Sanwo-Olu, who condemned the attacks on the worshippers, said southwest Governors would continue to strengthen internal collaboration and security within the region.
“We had a southwest Governors meeting last week and few steps have been taken. First is that we have agreed to have a three-day mourning period and flags are being flown at half-mast. We have taken steps to strengthen and further reinforce the security architecture in the southwest; of course including things around transportation.
“Indeed all of us have condemned the unfortunate, totally unwarranted killings. It is a completely dehumanising incident that should not be happening in the modern age. The act is condemnable and we condemn it in the strongest terms.
“We offer prayers and condolences to families that the incident affected and the entire people of Owo and indeed by extension Ondo State”, Sanwo-Olu said.
Responding, Akeredolu appreciated the delegation for the condolence visit, noting that his brother-Governors in southwest and other parts of the country have been in touch with him and sympathised with the people of Ondo State on many occasions since the date of the ugly incident.
Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, also reiterated the commitment of the governors to the lives and securities of the geo-political zone.