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Nigeria passing through trying period – Oyinlola

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Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola

By Ayodele Oni, Akure (Senior correspondent)

Former governor of Osun state, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to address the nation on his plan to tackle the issue of security challenges in the country.

 

Chief Oyinlola who briefed journalists in Akure, Ondo state capital on the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin in broad daylight, described it as a shock and a rude reminder to all that our country is in terrible times.

 

“This is a time for all patriots to be sober and reflect on how we got to this Hobbesian point when life has become nasty,  brutish and short.

 

“With this tragic incident and several reported and unreported ones across the country, particularly in the south west, it is time to say enough.

 

“Certainty of arrest and severity of punishment are time- tested deterrent to crimes and criminality. Criminal, evil minded persons will always have a free reign where impunity is condoned.

 

The former governor advised government  not to be emotional about arrest and punishment but work harder to convince Nigerians that it is for law abiding citizens and that these criminals are not above the law.

 

According to him, “Government must never be seen as being hostage to, or complicity of crime and criminality. Government exits to protect lives and property; they do not exist to release condolence messages after each avoidable death as this.

 

“These criminals have declared a war against our nation and we should take the war to them. The Federal Government is expected to lead the war without bringing politics to it and without any emotional bias against the law.

 

“One of the reasons some of us backed President Buhari in 2015  was his perceived competence to security matters given his training and status as a general of Nigerian Army. He needs to redeem his image now that deadly criminals have taken over the land, rubbishing all he has ever lived for.

 

“He needs to come out clearly now, address the nation, outlining clearly his war plans to safeguard the life and property of all Nigerians in all state. Nigerians want to hear him directly not through an aide or party chiefs. He is the one they voted for as Commander in Chief and not anyone else,” chief Oyinlola added.

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