Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, said he never thought that the parting greetings of Funke Olakurin, his daughter, would be her last of such to him.
Fasoranti stated this when notable personalities paid him a condolence visit over the death of his daughter at his residence in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday.
Olakurin was shot dead at Ore, Ondo State, on Friday by unknown gunmen while on her way from Akure, the state capital, to Lagos.
Noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had commiserated with him, the 94-year old statesman called on the Federal Government to effectively tackle the escalating insecurity crisis raving across the country.
He said: “She came to me around 9am on Friday to bid me farewell. I never thought I would not see her again.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has called to commiserate with me. But all I need from the president is to find solutions to these killings in the country.”
Speaking to journalists outside Fasoranti’s home, Kayode Fayemi, Gover of Ekiti State, described the demise of Olakurin as a “personal loss.”
“I know Mrs Olakunrin very well. As a matter of fact, she was with me three days ago before heading back to Lagos.
“So, for me, it’s a personal loss. We all owe it a duty to tackle this issue of insecurity headlong in order to rescue our people from this situation”, Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), said.
In his own reaction, Olusegun Mimiko, a former Ondo State governor, described the incident as part of the disturbing security challenges daunting the country currently.
He advocated for the utilisation of technology as part of measures to combat insecurity in Nigeria.
Mimiko said: “This is despicably disturbing and this another very challenging situation in our country. We must collectively rise to this challenge. It is a general security challenge that we have in this country. I think this is another very challenge that we must collectively rise. I have no doubt in my mind that incident like this would task the very fabric of our nation and would also require very profound political will.
“We must leverage on technology and we must definitely get to the root of this matter in the interest of our nation and in the interest of the economy. There is no doubt about this, that this is a reminder, a wake up call that we must confront these monsters.”