Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi
Owo Killing: Ooni of Ife Begins Consultations With Traditional Rulers, Governor’s Over Security
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has described Nigeria’s Intelligence Unit and security architecture as a failure following the terrorist attack that left many people dead at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo town, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
In a post monitored by kadecommunicationng on his Twitter handle, Oba Ogunwusi said he is consulting with the Traditional rulers and Governor’s across the South-West to come up with concrete plans to safe guard the people.
According to Ooni of Ife, “What occurred yesterday was a gruesome massacre dastardly targeted at turning Yorubaland into a war zone.
“However, we the descendants of Oduduwa although peace loving, cannot be overrun in our own homes. Do not be mistaken, we have the capacity and are prepared and ready to defend ourselves against all external invaders.
“We should all be reminded that yesterday made it exactly one year when an invading gang of killer herdsmen killed at least over 20 people in Igangan, Ibarapa North local government of Oyo State on a Saturday night, leaving several houses and the palace of the Asiganga burnt in the attack, whilst people were asleep. Exactly a year ago!
“When calamities like this befall us without a single trace, the interpretation is that the intelligence unit of our country’s security architecture is probably faulty or completely missing.
“I implore the six governors across the South West region & their brothers nationwide as well as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, to live up to their oaths of securing Nigerians & ensuring safety for all citizens irrespective of their sex, religion or tribe.
“Rather than discouraging us, this will rather strengthen us especially in our resolve to deploy manpower, resources and technology towards the protection of lives and properties.
“I am consulting with Traditional rulers across the south-west alongside the governors across the southwest to come up with concrete plans to safe guard our people.
“We have deep obligations to them in the face of inadequate state security challenges that are threatening the fabric of our existence.
“To my brother, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, the entire Owo kingdom, to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to the Ondo State Government, to the people of Owo, to the Priest and parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa, Owo, to the families of all the victims, and the entire people of Ondo State, it is my prayer that Olodumare will comfort you all and give you peace in these trying time.
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