Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the top Igbo socio-political group, in its reaction to the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the second daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, says that President Muhammadu Buhari was not making any effort to end Fulani herdsmen attack in the entire Southern part of the nation.
“In fact, even the efforts in the North don’t seem to be enough because until some people are arrested and seen to be prosecuted, the deterrent will not be there. There is hardly any discernible coordinated effort at stemming the tide of insecurity in the country as people are still being slaughtered daily,” Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of Ohanaeze, said.
Many have criticised the inability of the Federal Government to make an arrest over the repeated attacks by Fulani herdsmen that have claimed thousands of lives especially from 2015 when Buhari became President.
Naija Buzz News few weeks ago reported how the police in Zamfara State, North-West Nigeria, accused the Fulani of not cooperating to stop the ongoing killings that have claimed thousands of lives in the region. The response by the Fulani leader in the state might shock you.
Speaking further, Chief Nwodo said that the; fight against insecurity is both selective and uncoordinated. It is very unfortunate but people have been kidnapped, raped, maimed and killed along the roads, but if it will take Mrs. Funke’s death to really bring Nigerians to show greater concern to the issue, then she would’ve died a martyr and saved lives.”
The top Igbo group who expressed its sympathy to Pa Fasoranti, alleges that the inability of our Security Forces to disarm and prosecute these criminals gives credibility to a growing story of collusion.”
Read the full statement issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo 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.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.