Olakunrin’s Killing: Nigerian group urges Buhari to match words with strong action over insecurity
London, July 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A pro-democracy group, the Nigeria Voters Assembly (VOTAS) has Commiserated with the Leader of Afenifere, Pa Rueben Fasoranti on the tragic loss of his daughter Mrs Funke Olakunrin and urged the president, Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the carnage
The group equally urged politicians to restrain from inflaming passion that could further heighten insecurity in the country
A statement by its President, Comrade Moshood Erubami lamented the death as one too many and called for immediate remedial actions from governments across board to stop the preventable carnage of innocent Nigerians in the country
Rising from emergency meeting of its Central Working Committee the Assembly decried the seeming state of helplessness constantly portrayed by the government each time the storm of unprovoked daylight murder was unleashed on the Citizens, when indeed the security and welfare of the citizens are the primary obligation of the government at all levels.
The group therefore urged President Buhari to match his words with strong action to the perpetrators and sponsors arrested so far
“We are majorly concerned, as the Assembly of Electorate, and believe that the APC and President Buhari should be equally concerned too, that those who are being killed daily seemingly without serious reprieve are from among those electorate that voted for the party during 2015 and the 2019 elections hence a tough measures must be put in place to overhaul the Nation’s Security apparatus to begin to confront insecurity in all its variants,” the statement advised.
The group further urged the President to make unsparing examples of those who are advertently misrepresenting situations in Nigeria by standing firmly against the dissemination of fake news either on the social or the other media to cause insurrection in the land.
The group also urged Nigerians to shun the urge to exhibit politically induced hatred towards the ruling party and its President whatever the historical animosity among the ethnic groups and to refrain from being wrapped in the toga of malice while condemning the state of insecurity, advising them to avoid ethnicising all crimes and criminalising ethnic groups for every perpetrated crime.
“We must exhibit the spirit of forgiveness not to support ethnic division which may cause Civil War, the end of which nobody could predict hence every ethnic group must learn from Rwanda, how spreading fake news created big genocide among two notable tribes by saying, ‘No Kigali Experience in Nigeria,’
It also warned that, “as the President is making efforts to ameliorate insecurity and mitigate its effects fairly on every group that makes up Nigeria geo polity, serious tough measures must be put in place to repel the attacking forces of the elites in the society who are bent on creating through unmeasured rumours and statements, body languages, conducive atmosphere for spontaneous and organized civil strives that could lead to further disaffection and ethnic suspicions carrying along consequential dismemberment of a united Nigeria that we so desire.”
The Assembly of Voters finally called for an urgent national conference, non-jamboree like but constituted of respected, trusted ethnic Nationalities leaders, Civil Society Leaders, Student Leaders, Labour leaders and National Assembly Representatives to douse growing tensions and halt obvious movement by forces aligning to break up Nigeria.
The conference, according to VOTAS, should put unto its front burner, issues of seemingly unbaiting insecurity, united co-existence, growing the economy and time bound measures for Sustainable Human Development.
The conference, the group added, should them come up with joint deliberative conclusions to be implemented by the government within eight months after the conference.