The Yoruba sociocultural organisation, Afenifere has reacted to the killing of the traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, urging the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to secure the country.
It was reported that the monarch was kidnapped before he was brutally murdered by the assailants.
In a statement by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, titled ‘Olufon’s murder and total insecurity,’ called on the president and the governors to “get up and secure Nigeria.”
The group said, “This gruesome murder is coming as we are still recovering from the brutal murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Funke Olakunrin, for which some Fulani herdsmen are currently on trial.
“There have been other multiple murders across Yoruba land, which the police have not been able to resolve. It has reached a point that only very prominent killings get reported in this state of total insecurity in a failed state. The killing of any citizen worries us, how much more a first-class monarch.
“We ask the police to fish out the killers of Olufon. To President Buhari, it’s a time to get up and secure Nigeria and allow a federal architecture that promotes homeland security. Being the Commander-in-Chief can’t be a title with no responsibility. Why are we constructing roads to Niger Republic, when our own roads are literally death traps?”
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, also called on traditional rulers in the country to always modify political leaders on the need to ensure security effectiveness nationwide.
The Sultan said this in Ibadan on Friday at the fifth coronation anniversary lecture of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in which the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, condemned the wave of insecurity in Nigeria.
The Sultan, had earlier said North was the worst place to live in the country.
He added, “As traditional and religious leaders, we must continue to sensitise our political leaders to do what is right in protecting the citizenry. We call on all of us to close ranks and not allow the vanity of this world to divide us.”
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, also while reacting to the murder through his media aide, Mr Adebola Oloko, said Olufon’s killing was a red-flag to the authorities to ensure security of lives and property.