President of Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin on Saturday called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the wanton killing of Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen, warning that Nigeria is becoming a failed state.
Dr Okei-Odumakin in her reaction to the Saturday killing of Olajide Sowore, the pharmacy student, and brother to human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore asked: “When will these senseless killings stop? When will the killers be brought to book?
The younger Omoyele was shot dead in Edo State by suspected herdsmen /kidnappers while returning from Igbinedion University where he is said to be studying Pharmacy.
Odumakin regarded the killing as “one murder too many”.
She added: “I hardly could believe this dastardly act until I spoke with Comrade Omoyele Sowore himself and he confirmed the gruesome killing of his brother. When will these senseless killings stop? When will the Federal Government and the security agencies wake up from their slumber and become alive to their prime responsibility of protecting life and property? When will the criminals be brought to book?
“Before our very eyes, the country is becoming a failed state; yet, all we hear from government are condolence messages and platitudes that do not hold water. We demand a thorough investigation into this killing. We demand that the perpetrators be apprehended speedily and be brought to justice”, she said.
She accused government as lacking the will to prosecute the killers as a factor that has embolden them to commit more atrocities. She added that government must fish out the killers.
“It is because government had been tardy in its response to previous killings all over the country that it has been accused of duplicity and, even, complicity. To shrug off such suspicion and accusation, it must act swiftly to arrest the killers of Olajide Sowore and bring them to book. Government need not be told that its running battle with the older Sowore, Omoyele, over the issue of good governance is one reason this murder cannot be swept under the carpet;
Otherwise, tongues will wag and opinion will solidify around the culpability of the powers-that-be that this killing was orchestrated as pay-back time for Omoyele Sowore;
Government must avoid allowing this murder to be seen as a pain purposely inflicted on Omoyele Sowore to cower as well as punish him for his tango with the Muhammadu Buhari administration over issues of good governance and respect for fundamental human rights”.
Earlier in the day, Sowore announced the killing of his junior brother via his social media handles.
Sowore in a terse response expressed sadness over the gory incidence. In a statement he mad available to Irohinoodua, Sowore said
“My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen /kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo sate where he is studying Pharmacy.”
He said “They snuffed out the life yet another real human being! Rest In Power, “Dr. Mamiye!”
This act in itself will not delay their day of justice.
I traveled widely with you and our father as a little kid. You were the most loved robust kid I ever first knew. You, Mr. magnet had no enemy! You, Mr. Sunshine Foundation who made everyone happy.”
Sowore said further “You, the boy who snuck out his older ones to parties, taking all the blames when our disciplinarian father found out. You, the guy who was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for you and created you own genre of music and then turned around to go to school after you almost turned 50! You lived your life so that everyone could be alright but now assassinated by everything that’s not alright!”