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Stop playing politics with Olakunri’s death – Presidency

Stop playing politics with Olakunri's death - Presidency

The Presidency has called on Nigerians, especially leaders to stop playing politics with the murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs Funke Olakunri

According to the Presidency, though her death is tragic and regrettable, politicising it will not help the unity of the country.

In a statement on Monday night by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari’s thoughts and prayers were with the family over the incident.

It however expressed reservations over comments being made by some Nigerian leaders over the incident, saying the issue was being politicised.

It called on all Nigerians to work together to fight insecurity as a national problem.

“The Presidency has noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack leading to the death of the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

“The President has already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.

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“The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.

“Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

“It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences.

“Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united.

“Times of tragedy like this are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this.”

There has been an outpouring of anger and condemnation over the murder of Mrs Olakunri, with many blaming it on the seeming inaction of President Buhari over the worsening insecurity in the country.

Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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