OFNC Statement

Issued on behalf of the Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians (UK)

For Immediate Release
28 May 2013

Nigerian Christians Condemn Cold-Blooded Murder of a British Hero

Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians (OFNC) commiserates with the family of Drummer Lee Rigby who was brutally cut down in the prime of life by radicalised individuals. Our prayers are with Amy Rigby, their young son, wider family and friends as they grapple with this dastardly act. May our good LORD comfort them in their sorrows.

This cowardly and cold-blooded murder of a British icon in the locale of an established military base was intended to strike fear into our hearts and break the bands that unite us as a peaceful nation. This is characteristic of the violent agenda of the proselytised adherents of these fringe groups in their grandiose belief that such carnage and unjustifiable acts glorify a just and merciful God.

The OFNC utterly deplores the barbaric actions of these unscrupulous individuals who would not hesitate to invoke darkness on their motherland on the altar of self-glorification. We are deeply saddened at the recent revelation that the perpetrators are British of Nigerian extraction.

As a staunch British Christian organization, OFNC remains deeply committed to investing human and material resources in the British youth through such events as our annual residential ‘amplified youth’ conference now in its third decade. The tranche of tolerant, high achieving and fiercely loyal citizens contributed annually to the economy is testimonial.

It is our prayer that all faith organisations will fervently condemn and resist teachings that push our youth into fringe groups.

OFNC is a non-denominational fellowship of Christians in the ‘market-place’ and has a grassroots following of several thousand members across 20 branches in the UK. With over 250 churches represented in the membership of diverse professionals, OFNC is a rallying platform and voice for UK Christians especially those of ethnic minority origin.