Ex-Presidents Obasanjo, Jonathan react to suspected herdsmen’s killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Ex-Presidents Obasanjo, Jonathan react to suspected herdsmen’s killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter

Former Presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan have reacted to the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, by suspected herdsmen.

Chief Obasanjo described the killing as a worrisome development for Nigeria.

In a statement on Saturday. Obasanjo said that Nigeria has been diminished by the murder which happened at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians were preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national poltics.

He said this in a condolence letter to Pa Fasoranti, by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Saturday in Abeokuta.

Obasanjo tasked security agents to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime in the interest of justice.

The message reads, “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.

“As you mourn the tragic loss of our very dear Funke, please be assured of the sympathy and profound sorrow of many others like me who are saddened by the manner of her demise, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to the nation and her family to which she was highly devoted.

“Let me also implore you to be strong for the entire family. I pray that God Himself will comfort you and sustain the whole family in this hour of painful trial. And may the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.

“Because, I have to be in Morocco, I am sending a delegation of Otunba Oluwole Fasawe and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola with this letter and to personally deliver my condolence.”

In his reaction, Dr. Jonathan poured out his heart to the family of Pa Fasoranti, in a series of tweets on Saturday.

According to him, the untimely death of Mrs Olakunrin is a callous and heinous crime which must be investigated so that the perpetrators are fished out and prosecuted.

He wrote: “My heart goes out to Chief Reuben Fasoranti and his entire family over the untimely death of his daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, at the hands of suspected herdsmen.

“No one deserves to hear such news, not the least being Pa Fasoranti, a man that has given so much to Nigeria and asked so little.”
Jonathan said he was encouraged by the message of the chief security of the state, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, who had promised to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous and callous crime.

“I am encouraged by the message from the Governor of Ondo state and his assurances that those behind this heinous and callous crime will be brought to book,” Jonathan tweeted.

He went further to ask God to comfort the Fasoranti and Olakunrin families by giving them the fortitude to bear the loss while also praying that God returns peace to Nigeria.

The ex-president tweeted further: “Baba, may God comfort you and your family and grant you the fortitude to bear the loss, even as we pray that the Almighty returns peace to Nigeria.

“My family and I offer you our deepest solidarity now and always. We also extend our arm in love to Afenifere.”

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