Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has spoken out against the cold-blooded killing of Olajide Sowore, immediate younger brother of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.
Omoyele Sowore broke the news about the death of his brother to his fans when he explained that his brother was killed by bandits on Saturday, September 4 near Okada in Edo State by herdsmen/kidnappers while he was returned from Igbinedion University in Edo State.
The Secretary-General of Afenifere, Sola Ebiseni in a statement issued apportioned the blame on the Nigerian government for failing to deal with the issue of insecurity.
The statement reads: “It is an understatement that we are under siege and a truism that Nigeria has lost the essential attributes of a State, which is the security of life and property.
“The killing of Olajide Sowore along the Lagos-Benin Expressway, by herdsmen, is one too many of our able-bodied youngsters being killed in their prime while those entrusted with our collective safety feign helplessness and most pathetically have refused all entreaties on solutions by men and women of goodwill.
“We recall that it was on this highway that herdsmen snuffed life out of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, lawyer, banker and also in her 50s, daughter of the Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasonranti.
“The people of Nigeria, the vast majority of who are farmers, had long given up such economic activities as a result of the occupation of their land, destruction of their crops, harvests; raping of their daughters and mothers and killings of the defenceless men. In the same vein, neither roads, schools, any place, homes nor anywhere is, in any way, safe.
“All suggestions and efforts by the people and governments of the states, particularly of southern Nigeria, which include requests for State Police and ban of open grazing of animals, have been deliberately frustrated by the Buhari administration, which argues instead in favour of the freedom of movements of animals and their herders across Nigeria, even from all over Africa.