Dr. Olapade Agoro, the Owa ‘Tapa of Itapa Ijesa land and former Presidential candidate of the National Action Council (NAC), has cautioned that the recent killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, should not be allowed to set Nigeria on fire.
Dr. Agoro, who gave this warning while speaking with Daily Independent in Ibadan, also urged the police and other security agencies to carry out thorough investigation to fish out Olakunrin’s killers, to save the country from impending crisis.
The former NAC Presidential candidate cautioned opinion leaders, “specifically Mr. Yinka Odumakin of the Afenifere and Ango Abdullahi” against making inflammatory statements capable of setting the country ablaze on the gruesome murder of the Afenifere leader’s daughter.
He said police should be allowed to carry out investigation to unravel the criminal elements behind the killing, rather than jumping into hasty conclusion that the dastardly act was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
According to Agoro, one cannot reasonably rule out the possibility of armed robbers or hired assassins being behind Olakunrin’s killing.
He said, “When a touching issue, the type we have at hand in the killing of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Baba, Pa Fasoranti, happens, care must be taken that we do not make statements capable of setting the nation ablaze. The warning should therefore, go to those capable of using the press to incite violence.
“The type of statements credited to Yinka Odumakin and Ango Abdullahi are not too good in this kind of situation.
Asking Fulani people to return to the North with their cows without giving them the means and how, if heeded to would put the Fulanis in untold hardship before setting the country on fire.
” Unfortunately and unknowingly to Ango Abdullahi, those cows are not totally owned by the Fulanis. I, Oba, Owa ‘Tapa have some cows in Ijebu Ijesa, being managed by one Baba Mumuni, a Fulani man. I also know of many other Yoruba people, including Late Are Musulumi Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao, during his lifetime, who had many cows”.
Agoro advised that the lingering problems of insecurity in Nigeria should be jointly tackled by all, instead of inciting one tribe against another.
He noted that insecurity in Nigeria is as a result of the failure of both the government and the society to act appropriately, saying people with fabulous wealth without any traceable visible sources of income are being celebrated by the society without questioning.
“This unfortunate situation has continued to encourage armed robbery, assassination, ritual killings, kidnappings and so on. We are all living witnesses to the story of Evans” Agoro lamented. Therefore those rabble rousers “ Arije nidi madaru” should not be allowed to capitalize of the tragic issue of Funke’s murder by evils in human skin to add more to the woes that could bring to tragic end the life of that great man of that great man of honour Pa Reuben Fasoranti