- Governor Seyi Makinde called on government to be proactive in dealing with insecurity
- The Oyo governor condemned the killing of Funke Olakunrin
- Makinde said this was not the time for political statement
Governor Seyi Makinde has condemned the killing of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the governor paid a condolence visit to the statesman on Saturday, July 13.
The Oyo governor described the security situation in the southwest as worrisome and called for proactive action in dealing with the problem.
Makinde said there was no need for political colouration saying action needed to be taken.
He said: “This is not the time for political statement or colouration. What happened is something very serious and if it had happened to somebody ordinary, we would never hear anything.
“All the governors from the South West held a security summit. We will take this seriously and what has happened now will make us double up our efforts.
“This is the time to come out together in unity to fight for our people. It is not the time to fight or look at ourselves as belonging to different ideological setups or different political parties.
“It is the time to bring the agenda of Yoruba land forward and fight it collectively. It is sad that something like this has to happen to nudge us in this direction. I want to seek everybody’s support and we will provide the leadership and we are not going to turn our backs on the people.”
The governor called for true federalism saying this would allow the southwest protect its people.
He said: “This is supposed to be a federation with a federal system with both the state governments and the federal government and one should not be subordinate to the other. We will continue to fight for true federalism and for the opportunity to be able to protect our people because it is so fundamental that we have to do it.”
Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, July 13, reacted to the killing Funke Olakunrin on Friday, July 12.
Olakunrin was shot dead on Friday as she travelled along Ondo-Ore Expressway.
Police said the killers were kidnappers, but the Afenifere spokesperson Yinka Odumakin blamed the killing on herdsmen.
In a condolence letter to Fasoranti family, Obasanjo the country has ‘diminished’, adding that the killing is a worrisome development in the polity.
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