President Muhammadu Buhari. has for the umpteenth time, admonished Nigerians to be circumspect on how they react to issues that have to do with security in order not to worsen an already bad and volatile situation.
Buhari, who conveyed his position, through his spokesman, Garuba Shehu, in a statement, on Monday night, would be speaking some hours on the same day former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, released and open letter, in which, he all, but blamed the President for being less than effectual in combating high crimes ravaging the country.
It is not known however, whether Buhari’s admontion is a reply to Obasanjo, with whom he has been in opposite situation, since the former President, his superior in the military, advised him not to contest for a second term, about two years ago.
In the statement, Buhari, had decried the level of high-voltage statements that had besieged the public space, especially since last Friday’s killing of Funke Olakunri, daughter of leader of the main Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The statement, said: “The Presidency has noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack leading to the death of daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. The President has already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.
“The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State. Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences.
“Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united. Times of tragedy like these are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this.”