Ohaneze Ndigbo reacts to murder of Funke Olakunrin, Afenifere leader’s daughter

Late Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti), the daughter of Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti
Late Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti), the daughter of Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti

The Ohaneze Ndigbo has sympathised with Reuben Fasoranti over the murder of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin.

Ms Olakunrin was murdered in Ondo State on Friday by armed men whom the police described as kidnappers.

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, which Mr Fasoranti leads, however, claimed the killing was by armed herdsmen.

The murder has been condemned by all Nigerians and President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits.

In its statement, the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, said: “The inability of our Security Forces to disarm and prosecute these criminals gives credibility to a growing story of collusion.”

Read the Ohaneze Ndigbo statement by its spokesperson below.

News reached Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday of the heartless murder of the daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, on her way from Ekiti to Lagos by suspected Fulani herdsmen. We offer Chief Fasoranti and the entire Yoruba the heartfelt sympathies of Ndigbo.

The continuous rampaging, plunder, rape, kidnapping and murder of innocent Nigerians by armed Fulani herdsmen have climbed to a most worrisome crescendo. The inability of our Security Forces to disarm and prosecute these criminals gives credibility to a growing story of collusion.

Recently, the British High Commission in an advisory to British citizens in Nigeria declared twenty-four of our states unsafe. In the midst of these killings, their parent organization has the effrontery to give ultimatums to the President of Nigeria to rescind his unpopular suspension, instead of cancellation of his RUGA development policy. Such inciting, provocative and treasonable outbursts have only been greeted by advice that they should respect the Presidency and an unrelenting resolve to force Nigerians to accommodate such murderers in their homes under a policy that violates our constitution and all laws and court judgments relating to land use administration.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo warns that this latest murder is capable of throwing our country into uncontrollable break down of law and order. The hasty conclusion by the Federal Government that she was killed by armed robbers and not the suspected herdsmen who are known to have laid siege on all parts of the country perpetrating acts of banditry and killings further exacerbates the already tense situation.

We call on eminent leaders of this nation in spite of their political persuasions to come together in an urgent National Security Conference to discuss measures that will arrest the extant drift to lawlessness.

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