Tears as murdered female preacher is buried in Abuja •Perpetrators must be punished —Buhari

Pastor Elijah Olawale, husband of the late of Deaconess Eunice Olawale (second left) and their children at the burial ground in Abuja, on Saturday. Photo: Sunday Osunrayi

There was rain of tears as the remains of the murdered female preacher, Deaconess Eunice Olawale were laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, on Saturday.

There was heavy presence of members of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

The burial, which was described as a state burial by sympathisers, attracted government officials, representatives of President Muhammadu Buhari and Aisha Buhari.

The husband of the deceased, Pastor Elisha Olawale, while reading his tribute in tears, described his late wife as his girlfriend, lover, mother.

He also narrated how she cried out in pains when she was attacked and killed by suspected religious extremists in the early hours of Saturday July 19.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased, President Muhammadu Buhari said that government must ensure that those who murdered Mrs Olawale were brought to justice.

President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir, noted that his government would continue to create an environment where citizens would not be harassed for their belief.

According to him “the President directed that we assure Nigerians, not only the church, that as a government, it recognised the responsibility and the duty to ensure that every Nigerian, wherever they might be, is free to practise his religion faith or whatever he or she chooses to do at anytime of the day in a free, fair and safe environment.

“We are aware that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has forgiven the people who did this but as a government, it is our duty to bring all wicked, evil men and people that break the law to justice.

“The Federal Government, the law agencies will leave no stone unturned to find these people and bring them to justice, because it is important that Nigerians are assured that their government will go after whatever it is that makes life unsafe wherever they might be and whatever time of the day”.

Also, the Regional Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Legion 10, Pastor Emmanuel Ibitayo called on Nigerians to assist the government in fighting crime by exposing those who are found wanting instead of keeping quiet and allow Satan to celebrate our errors.

Speaking to Christians, Pastor Ibitayo said “this should not make anybody to worry at all because this world is a temporal site, heaven is our ultimate home, so the world is a market place, you don’t go to the market and stay put, the world is a dressing room for eternity, it is time for us to rearrange our load.”