Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, on Friday, condemned the killing of Mrs. OLUFUNKE Olakunrin, the daughter of the Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio political Organksation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Governor Makinde, in 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 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.
Governor Makinde 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.
Afenifere Atiku Condemn, Mourn
Earlier, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, had said it received information that Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has been killed by persons suspected to be herdsmen.
The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this in a terse message sent to The PUNCH on Friday.
According to Odumakin, the 58-year-old woman was heading to Ore Junction from Akure, Ondo State, when she was attacked and shot by the herdsmen.
He said, “We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti.
“Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshots from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier today.
“She was coming from Akure when the armed Fulani herdsmen came from the bush to attack her and other vehicles.
“Her domestic staff in the car with her also sustained gunshots.
“This is one death too many and a clear we-can-take-it-no-more death.”
Also, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday condemned the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Chairman of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti by suspected herdsmen.
Atiku on his Facebook post said the death is one too many, adding that the Federal Government should stem the growing insecurity in the country.
He also called on security agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to book.
He condoled with Pa Faroranti, his family and members of Afenifere.
Atiku wrote, “I condemn, in the strongest possible term, the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the Chairman of Afenifere. This is one death too many. I call on the security
services to initiate a speedy and thorough investigation to bring her killers to book and stem the epidemic of insecurity on our land.
“My prayers and deep compassion go to Chief Reuben Fasoranti, his family and the entire membership of Afenifere. My family and I stand shoulder to shoulder with you at this trying time, even as we pray
for the repose of Mrs Funke Olakunrin’s soul. Peace must return to Nigeria, by every means possible. Enough of this.”