Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, by suspected Fulani herdsmen as a worrisome development in the polity.
In a condolence letter to Pa Fasoranti, made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Saturday, Obasanjo asked security agents to fish out those responsible for the heinous crime.
He said: “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.
Also, the former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, in a separate statement, condemned the killing, noting that the development calls for an immediate and lasting solution.
Daniel said, “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 (a) daily basis.”