The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to stop tagging Fulani Herdsmen as those responsible for the killing of the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs Funke Olakunrin.
He made this known during a condolence visit to the Afenifere National Leader in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Sunday alongside Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and Chief Bisi Akande.
Naija News recalls that the deceased was reported to have been shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen within the Ore axis of the Benin-Sagamu expressway.
Tinubu stated that the death of Mrs Olakunrin should not be used to divide Nigeria.
“I’m extremely concerned about security, I don’t want a stigma, I can go through history of kidnapping in Nigeria and we know how and where it all started, there are a lot of copycats.
“How many years ago have we faced the insecurity in the country? There are cases of kidnapping, is Evans too, who was arrested and made disclosures, also a herdsman?
“I don’t want to be political, but I will ask where are the cows?”
Tinubu said the security concern and challenge right now must be faced squarely throughout Nigeria.
“We must not use this incident to divide ourselves but we must use it as a cure to the security problem. Additional police, additional patrol, and additional security reinforcement along Ore road and various flashpoints across the country is necessary and I have discussed this among the various authorities. The governor (Akeredolu) is eminently aware and being proactive about this.
“The security challenges are numerous across this country and to fight it we are going through that, more police are being recruited and it takes time to train and deploy them to various areas, nobody prepares more than necessary for this.
“But if you look at Zamfara, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and all areas, then we need to fight poverty, unemployment and the causes that might lead people to crime.
“Equally we must create an opportunity to convert this tragedy to prosperity.”