By Ayodele Oni
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibajo has hinted that the military may take over patrol of major highways in the country to stem the rising tide of killings and kidnappings.
The Vice President disclosed this when he paid a condolence visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of pan Yoruba socio cultural organization, Afenifere, whose daughter, Mrs Olufunke Olakunri was shot dead last Friday by yet to be identified hoodlums while travelling along Benin/Ore highway.
The VP postulation was coming just as the People Democratic Party, (PDP) in the south west called on President Mohammadu Buhari to act swiftly and end the rising wave if kidnappings and assassinations in the country.
The National Vice Chairman of PDP, Dr Eddy Olafeso and the Zonal Working Committee of the Party expressed concern on the continuing carnage and wanton destruction of lives in the South West by suspected criminals of Fulani extraction, now commonly referred to as Fulani herdsmen
A statement by the zonal publicity secretary, Mr Ayo Fadaka declared that it is time something urgent and cogent be done on this malaise.
Describing the killing of the Afenifere leader daughter as insult on the Yoruba nation, it pointed out that the incident was a pointer to a potential devastating effect on the nation as it has further reinforced the fear and distrust of the Yorubas for the immediate future of our nation and its security management which has clearly declined and deteriorated massively under the current dispensation.
According to the PDP, Yoruba nation is currently under siege as criminal elements from elsewhere have invaded the area, killing, raping and unduly oppressing the people without agencies of State constitutionally saddled with responsibilities to protect us doing enough to manage this crisis in the South West.
” President Buhari has once again issued another in the series of condolence messages, commiserating with Pa Ruben Fasoranti, father of Olufunke.
“In the message, he whimsically rationalize this murder as an armed robbery attack, we however differ and now tell him it was a Fulani herdsmen action, as people in that area of incidence clearly said that the location remains the criminals major theater of operation.
“We however want to remind the President that he was elected to be our Commander in Chief and not mourner in chief, it is his responsibility to make our nation safe from all strive and lawlessness, not to excuse and rationalize them, or even appear helpless or unimaginative at trying times like this when duty calls.
“Nigeria must not collapse under his watch as history will hold him responsible for such callous development,” the PDP added.