Killing of Fasoranti’s daughter sparks protest in S’West
By Ibrahim Sarafa, Akure
Following the killing Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of 94-year-old Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, Oyo State governor and many other dignitaries from the region have issued a stern warning to kidnappers and other criminals.
The daughter of leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, was shot dead on Friday along Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.
Reacting to the incident, Adams said the Yorubas shouldn’t be blamed when reactions trail gruesome murder of the woman by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The Leader of Oodua Peoples Congress, described Olakunrin’s killing by suspected herdsmen in Ondo State as one too many by Fulanis who are invading the South West in their numbers and perpetrating atrocities.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Kehinde Aderemi, on Saturday, the Aare Onakakanfo said the Yoruba race was not at a loss as to what to do to put a complete stop to the atrocities of the Fulani herdsmen, but had continuously issued statements so as to call the attention of the entire world to the development in the peaceful South West.
He said the Yoruba people are not paper tigers and dogs who can only bark without biting, adding: “We only want the whole world to know what has been done and being done to our people.
“They should be aware of the actions that preceded our reaction when it eventually comes. We are not bereft of ideas of how to stop this criminality on our land. It is just so that we should not be blamed when the reaction comes.
“We are like the proverbial goat that it being chased. When it gets to the wall, it will certainly react. We are at that stage now.”
Adams noted that the Yoruba race had been meeting in the last two months over the security threat to the people, calling on Governors of the South West States to ensure the conclusion of the Security Summit process.
He equally charged all traditional rulers to take bold steps to stamp out killings by Fulani herdsmen in their domains.
He commiserated with Pa Fasoranti, praying God to comfort him and his entire household, adding “Papa, this is a very trying time. But is is certain justice will come.”
Similarly, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, condemned the killing of Mrs. Olufunke.
Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, described the dastardly act as shocking, saddening and despicable, adding that the security agencies must get to the roots of this ugly incident.
He also commiserated with Pa Fasoranti and the family, praying God to grant succour and comfort to the nonagenarian at this trying time.
He described the incident as signifying the “darkest hour” of our contemporary history as a nation, adding that only God could stand by and comfort the family at this time.
Oyo State governor equally condoled with his brother-governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, over the loss of a daughter of one of the illustrious sons of Ondo State and a leader of the Yoruba nation.
The Governor, who called on security agencies in Ondo State and the country to urgently fish out the perpetrators of the evil incident said that the perpetrators must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He also called on the Yoruba nation to take heart and be strong following Olakunrin’s killing, adding that the death further signified a dark spot in the history of the Yoruba’s renewed struggle to protect its land from invaders.