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CAN condemns murder of Olakunri, wants perpetrators unmasked

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in strong terms the brutal murder of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti.

The CAN president, Rev Samson Ayokunle in a staement on Sunday recalled that Mrs Olakunri was killed on her way back to  Lagos by some criminals who are still at large.

Ayokunle while describing the act as reprehensible and deslicable, called on security agencies to rise up to unmask the perpetrators of the “wicked annoying act.”

Ayokunle said, “While the Pan Yoruba Social Cultural Group, Afenifere blames the killer herdsmen for the gruesome murder, the Police said the perpetrators are kidnappers.

“But our position is that whoever is responsible for this despicable act, the security agencies should rise up to unmask the perpetrators of this wicked annoying act.

“We call on the Police and other security agencies to wake up from their slumber and fish out those responsible for this crime and other killings in the country. You can’t justify the salaries you are earning every month when it appears as if you are on duty and cannot secure lives and properties of citizens.”

He also charged the Federal government to step up the security system in the country with a view to stopping the unending killings. 

He added, “the criminality in the country is condemnable, reprehensible and unacceptable act. The killings have become too alarming that no explanation from the government can justify. Is the government totally overwhelmed? What is the essence of government? Is it not first of all to protect lives and properties. The stories we are hearing are neither exaggerated nor politicized.

“This killing is a big dent on the government of the day! Today, it is Mrs Olakunri, no one knows who the next person could be! We are seriously concerned and are weeping for our beloved country Nigeria. Why have things become like this? The bad image these acts are giving us as a nation daily is bad and totally shameful. Can’t the government act better for us?”

The CAN president further reiterated the association’s call on the Federal government to overhaul the security architecture of the country “which appears to have collapsed.”

“Nowhere is safe again due to the criminal activities of men of the underworld who are manifesting as terrorists, killer herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers, armed bandits, religious fundamentalists (Boko Haram) and armed robbers. People are being kidnapped with impunity and ransom is being paid to get their captives released. For how long will these things continue to go on?” Ayokunle stated.

Ayokunle while condoling with the Afenifere leader sid, “Our hearts go out to the chief mourner of this murderous act, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. There is no one who can comfort you but God, our Comforter and He will console and comfort you Sir on all sides. Accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathy Sir.

“It appears ‘things are falling apart because they are no longer at ease.’ May God deliver our nation from total collapse in Jesus Name.” 

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