The Yoruba Summit Group, the umbrella body of all Yoruba groups, have condemned the killing of Funke Olakunrin in Ore, Ondo state by suspected killer herdsmen.
The deceased is the daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, a prominent leader in the foremost Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.
In a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, July 13 by its publicity secretary, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, the group said the Nigerian nation has failed the Yoruba race.
Part of the statement read: “At this juncture, the Yorùbá Summit Group, the umbrella body of all Yoruba groups, will have to say to the whole Yoruba nation that we have just about had enough of this evil union that has failed the 60 million strong Yoruba people, yet again.
“To therefore be bashed, buffeted with such a gruesome death in the heart of the Yoruba nation, will not be allowed to happen without profound and fundamental consequences!
“This is where the Yoruba cross the border into angry town, and not even for the time being.” The group stated that there will be a more comprehensive and definitive statement coming forth to the Yoruba nation from the Yoruba Summit Group, in due course.
“And to the enablers, prevaricators, protectors of the itinerant murdering Fulani herdsmen, a plea – leave us to mourn and bury our dead.
“None such fake condolences are needed at this time,” the statement concluded.
Fasoranti’s daughter killing: Don’t blame us when we fight back – Gani Adams
Gani Adams, aare onakakanfo of Yorubaland, says the Yoruba ethnic group should not be blamed if it decides to react to the killings in the region.
He was reacting to the killing of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group.
She was shot dead by armed men along Benin-Ore road on Friday afternoon. Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, attributed the incident to herdsmen but TheCable could not independentlyverify his claim.
In a statement by Kehinde Aderemi, Adam’s media aide, said the Yoruba race was not short of ideas needed to put an end to atrocities in the region.
Adams, who is the leader of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), described the death of Olakunrin as aninvasion of the peaceful atmosphere of the south-west region.
“We only want the whole world to know what has been done and being done to our people. They should be aware of the actions that preceded our reaction when it eventually comes,” he said.
“We are not bereft of ideas of how to stop this criminality on our land. It is just so that we should not be blamed when the reaction comes.
“We are like the proverbial goat that it being chased. When it gets to the wall, it will certainly react. We are at that stage now.”
He commiserated with Fasoranti, praying God to comfort him and his entire household.
“Papa, this is a very trying time, but it is certain justice will come,” he said.
The youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, had reacted to the killing, saying it could spark another “tribal war”.