By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the gruesome killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs. Funke Olakunri by suspected Fulani herdsmen, describing it as a worrisome development in the polity.
The former President declared that the country has been diminished by the killing, especially, at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics.
Obasanjo in a condolence letter to Fasoranti, which was made available to journalists through his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, tasked the security agents to fish out those responsible for the heinous crime.
According to Obasanjo, “This is a worrisome
development in our polity, especially, at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics.
“I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death. We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime and make them face the full weight of the law. We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
“As you mourn the tragic loss of our very dear Funke, please be assured of the sympathy and profound sorrow of many others like me who are saddened by the manner of her demise, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to the nation and her family to which she was highly devoted.
“Let me also implore you to be strong for the entire family. I pray that God Himself will comfort you and sustain the whole family in this hour of painful trial. And may the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.
“Because I have to be in Morocco, I am sending a delegation of Otunba Oluwole Fasawe and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola with this letter and to personally deliver my condolence,” he stated.
Also, former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has condemned the killing of Mrs. Olakunrin, lamenting the growing insecurity in the land “which calls for immediate and lasting solution”.
Daniel condoled with the elder statesman, family, people of the Yoruba nation and Ondo State on the sad occurrence.
The former Governor stated that with the recent incident, Nigeria is gradually heading towards a dangerous precipice and the fear is that the people might be pushed to seeking alternative means of protecting themselves if governments at all levels are complacent in curbing the activities of hoodlums in whatever guise.
“It is high time we found a more proactive measure towards stemming the scourge that is gradually leading us to a state of anarchy. The activities of the hoodlums masquerading as herdsmen are becoming worrisome by the day and Nigerians, especially the people of the South West are becoming impatient watching their own people being killed nearly on daily basis”, Daniel said.