A former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Monday described the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin in broad daylight as a rude shock.
Speakin with journalists during a condolence visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the father of the deceased in Akure, Prince Oyinlola said the attack on the innocent woman is a reminder to all that the country is in terrible times.
According to him, 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, the former Governor said, it is time to say enough is enough.
His words, “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”.
He expressed the views that government must not be emotional about arrest and punishment, saying it has a lot of work to do to convince Nigerians that it is for law abiding citizens and that these criminals are not above the law.
“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”, Oyinlola said.
He called on the President to come out clearly now, address the nation and outline clearly his war plans to safeguard the life and property of all Nigerians in all states.
Nigerians, he said, want to hear him directly not through an aide or party chiefs.