The promise was to change the otherwise reeking water so that the fish could swim in entirely freshwater. For two years and some weeks, the ecosystem has become inhabitable. From ethnic clashes, auditory, thuggery, daylight robbery and midnight attacks, Oyo State has lost its peace.
Before now, as it were in Greek Tragedies, violence and blood were off stage. They were often told and not acted on stage. We only heard about them but did not experience them. However, today, we see blood littering our walls and keep counting our losses each day. Governor Seyi Makinde, where is the #omititun you promised Oyo State?
Emotion, they say is better experienced than explained. Sir, the wailing vortex of insecurity in Oyo State has gotten closer than expected. Everyone now does not just know how bitterness smells, they know what it tastes like in its several kinds. Including non-indigents of the state.
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The midnight invasion of Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State is a thing too terrible to think of. It is like gall in the mouth. Just 2 days ago, a Post Graduate Student in the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Stanley Omonzokpia Victor Unekhoria was hacked to death by some miscreants in his home at the Orogun-Ojoo Area of Ibadan. The bright morning star went dimmed prematurely because he couldn’t survive the machete wounds from the attack. On the same day, violence erupted at Iwo Road. Not fewer than 2 persons lost their lives and several others persons limped to their houses with deadly injuries.
Governor Seyi Makinde, under your watch? The people placed much value on you. That was why they decided to use their card “wisely” in the last election. In your last visit to Igangan, you took the blame for the pogrom they are yet to recover from. Yesterday, at Iwo road, you did not do otherwise. But may I ask, your Excellency, how far has the state gone with the prosecution of Dr Aborode’s murderer? How about Wakili, the chief terrorist in Ibarapa? The last time I checked, his captors (the three OPC men who captured Wakili and handed him over to the Police) were still in jail.
Oyo indeed cannot thank you enough for turning the state to a construction site. But, of what value is life and these things without peace? It has been a long time since Oyo State slept with her two eyes closed. Everyone is living in perpetual fear and anxiety. Nobody knows who is next. Sir, this is not the Omititun you promised the good people of Oyo State.
It is high time the government became more proactive on security matters. It has shown ineptness and laxity in this area of governance for too long. And it is nauseating. We cannot continue like this. No. Your rhetorics are no longer soothing. They add more impetus and edges to the anger brewing in the people of Oyo State. Do you not see how ugly it is to be standing before a crowd of frustrated heads, “begging for more time”?
If declaring a state of emergency on insecurity in Oyo State settles it, do it immediately! Go back to the drawing board and chart a new strategy to tackle the uprising crises in the state. You have depended on the State’s Security Services for too long. They have failed you, us, and continually will. Equip Àmòtékùn in the 21st century way. Give them the necessary trainings they need and allow them to compete with other security agencies and see whether or not they would perform.
The governor cannot continue to keep the same rhetorics on the repeat. While we thank him for some little mercies, it is high time he stepped on some toes. He should make Amotekun a 21st century security outfit. The last national interview granted by the President has is clear that the governor can indeed do a lot. If the federal government comes barking, then we can hold them by their world. By then, the world Would indeed know that they are the real sponsors not insecurity all over.
The refusal of Seyi to do this is a signal that he is a silent killer gilding the pill with his other achievements. But, I don’t meant to have that impression. I can understand that there are logistics in government and some confines in our Constitution. However, now may be the time to act outside the constitution for the common good before things would fall apart and no matter the effort then, the center no longer holds