Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri
The Pan Niger Delta Forum has described the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin by suspected herdsmen in Ondo State as barbaric and unacceptable saying that the people of the South would resist every attempt to subdue them.
Late Funke, 58, was the daughter of the chairman of socio-cultural Yoruba group, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti.
PANDEF in a statement on Saturday signed by its National Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mulade, condemned the killing and commiserated with the elder statesman.
It called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to stop killings by suspected herdsmen across the country, adding that no part of the country would be willing to cede their land for alleged killers parading themselves as herdsmen.
According to PANDEF’s statement, “This callous and barbaric action, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, has become one too many, and totally unacceptable.
“It’s quite unfortunate that unprovoked and unwarranted killings of this nature of well-meaning and law-abiding citizens of this country have become a daily occurrence that Nigeria has been subjected to, in the hands of (armed) herdsmen.
“This portends danger that the entire south and the middle will continue to resist, at whatever cost.
Similarly, the Urhobo Monitoring and Development Group has also condemned the killing of Fasoranti’s daughter, adding that the killings if not proactively checked, could spell doom for the nation’s fragile peace.
In a statement signed by its National President, Prince Kingsley Oberuruaria, the group urged President Buhari to take steps to stop the killing before Nigerians would accuse him of supporting the activities of the “killer herdsmen.”
“The gruesome killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti, by suspected herdsmen is one too many. This is condemnable and sad. President Muhammadu Buhari must take actions to immediately address this ugly killing.
“We commiserate with our father, Chief Reuben Fasoranti and the entire Yoruba Nation on this great loss. Our prayers and support are always with you especially in this sad moment”, Oberuruaria stated.
Also, the Ijaw Youth Council worldwide has called on the Federal Government to address the security situation along the Benin-Lagos Expressway to stem the incessant killings along the road, particularly by herdsmen.
IYC, in a statement signed by its President, Mr Eric Omare, “It is on record that for so many months, suspected Fulani kidnappers have virtually taken over the Benin to Lagos road and so many persons have become victims of their activities.
“It is unfortunate that the very poor security situation along the Benin to Lagos road especially arising from the activities of Fulani herdsmen is coming to the national limelight as a result of the death of Pa. Fasoranti’s daughter. The security agencies ought to have taken drastic steps to address the situation long before now.