Prof. Adeolu Akande, chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, destabilized by the recent killings of many residents of Igangan area of Ibarapa North local government by suspected Fulani herdsmen, has urged Governor Seyi Makinde to visit the people without thinking twice and increase the engagement of Obas and community leaders to stop insecurity in the area.
This last weekend, 20 residents of the ancient town had been killed, while the palace of the Asigangan as well as a popular filling station were razed late Saturday night.
This is coming six months after a politician and large-scale farmer, Dr Fatai Aborode, was gruesomely murdered by murderers who are still free people, igniting a chain of events that put the area in crisis.
Asking Makinde to engage obas, chiefs and community leaders in the area to address the security challenge, Akande, in a statement yesterday, consoled the family of slain victims and those whose means of livelihood were razed.
He said that every man of goodwill in the state need to stand up, forget their political and religious affiliations and come up with solutions that can help end the killings which, he said, have become incessant.
He, however, advised Makinde to be open-minded and be ready to be assisted, adding that it is obvious the governor is helpless when it comes to tackling insecurity in the state.
“No honest son of Oyo State will be happy with what is happening in Ibarapaland and every other part of our state. It is high time the governor seriously engage our royal fathers and communities leaders to help stem the slide into chaos in parts of the state. The governor should make them deploy the time-tested method of crisis management to arrest this ugly situation.
“There is no doubting the fact that insecurity has become the order of the day in our dear state. If it is not killing by herdsmen, people are being kidnapped. There is gang wars in some major towns. Only on Saturday, thugs seized Oremeji and Bere areas of Ibadan for many hours. Insecurity is a minus for a state that is desirous of shoring up what it generates internally and attract investors.