The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has condemned the recent assassination of Mr Olajide Sowore. the younger brother of the Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) and former presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore.
In a statement released to newsmen on Monday by its Director of Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo, CACOL noted with dismay,
“We received the news of the senseless assassination of Olajide Sowore with great shock and angst. Olajide was shot on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo State, where he was studying Pharmacy”.
Oresanwo who spoke on behalf of CACOL Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, added
“It is regrettable that incessant and flagrant killings, kidnapping and abductions of hapless Nigerians have been the order of the day and one of the greatest threat to the right to life in Nigeria. The stunning inability of the authorities to end them and bring suspected perpetrators to justice have been and continues to serve as an impetus for the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to continue their illicit enterprise.
“We at CACOL commiserate with the entire family of Olajide Sowore. We stand in empathy with them and pray they find the necessary fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. We condemn in the strongest term the senseless killings that dotted the various parts of the country thereby reducing human life that is supposed to be sacred to a very cheap commodity. Like every right thinking Nigerians, we are still searching for answers and trying to understand why and how this happened and what caused it to reach this point”.
The CACOL Head adds “We call on our security agencies to carry out an independent investigation and prosecution of all who might have a hand in this dastardly act. We also use this medium to once again voice out our disappointment on the perennial state of insecurity in the country. This year, Nigeria as a country has lost more lives to kidnapping and banditry than to road accidents. The government at all levels must rise to the occasion by protecting the lives and properties of every citizen which is the primary responsibility of any creditworthy government”.
Mr. Adeniran concluded by saying “We have said it before and we will say it again that if the government is finding it difficult to win this self-fabricated war, then the help of external forces should be sought. We cannot continue to read and hear about the gruesome murder of innocent souls in different parts of the country, we cannot continue to live in perpetual fear while at home or traveling on our roads and we cannot as a country continue to slide back or retrogress into the Hobbesian State of Nature where human life was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” It’s Olajide Sowore today, we don’t know who it will be tomorrow. This nuttiness must stop and the right time to stop it, is now”.
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