Former Pesident Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, July 13, reacted to the killing Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, on Friday, July 12.
Olakunrin was shot dead on Friday as she traveled along Ondo-Ore Expressway.
Police said the killers were kidnappers, but the Afenifere spokesperson Yinka Odumakin blamed the killing on herdsmen.
In a condolence letter to Fasoranti family, Obasanjo the country has ‘diminished’, adding that the killing is a worrisome development in the polity.
Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo’s Media Aide made the letter available to journalists
The former president said the tragedy was baffling especially at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics.
He tasked security agents to fish out those responsible for the crime.
“This is a worrisome development in our polity, especially, at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics,” Obasanjo said.
“I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death. We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime and make them face the full weight of the law.
“We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.”
The former president said the condolence letter would be delivered by Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Oluwole Fasawe to Mr Fasoranti in Akure, because of his (Obasanjo) engagement in Morocco.