Christians have been urged to defend their faith and land from what is seen as an advancing development by suspected Fulanis on the move to intimidate the people into submission through deliberate violence.
Speaking at the Vigil Mass for late Rev. Fr. Paul Offu today, Monday, 19th August, in his homily, Rev. Fr. Hillary Mgbodile charged Christians as well as Igbos to be courageous in the midst of what has become a deliberate attempt to intimidate the region to give up their land as an intensified violence is meted against them.
He urged Christians to see Fr. Paul’s demise as part of the trials Christians face in the course of living out their faith just like the early missionaries faced similar diverse challenges and trials in their effort to see to our salvation .
He further called for vigilance and a firm resolve to resist any attempt to cow the region into submission by suspected Fulani Herdsmen who he said are bent on spreading fear with the intention to dominate the people.
In his part, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Lordship. Most Rev. C.V.C Onaga reechoed his position earlier and called to an end to the increasing insecurity in the state and the country at large.
His Lordship further commended the quick response by the government of Enugu state which resulted to the arrest of some of the suspected killers.
The vigil mass of late fr. Paul Offu was held at St. James the Greater Parish Ugbawka where he served as the Parish Priest until his unfortunate demise.
His Burial ceremony will be observed tomorrow, 20th August at the Holy Ghost Cathedral with a holy mass at 10am.