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Story By Akinola Emmanuel, Monday June 7, 2021

The Oyo state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has described the recent killings in Igangan overnight as one mayhem too many.

The party in a release by its spokesperson Dr Azeez Olatunde described the sad incident where the Palace of Asigangan Of Igangan was razed, innocent lives and Properties lost as not too good omen in the state.

“For how long shall we continue to mourn the loss of innocent lives that is avoidable. For how long should Gov Seyi Makinde continue his buck passing?
What is the essence of the monthly security vote if it could not be channeled towards securing the lives and Propertyof the residents and indigenes of Oyo State?”

He addded that the current situation of Oyo State was not what the Government of Engr Seyi Makinde and PDP took over from APC Government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi in 2019.

“APC, Oyo State won’t stop to advise the Government of Oyo State to be Proactive and stop playing lip service and politicking with the Security issues of Oyo State.”

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, Mr.Taiwo Adisa,described attempts by the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state to politicise the killings in Igangan as wicked and an unruly display of mindless politics.

He also declared that the statement credited to the APC on the killings in
Igangan, which attempted to blame Governor Makinde, as a wicked attempt to
dance on the grave of the dead.

Adisa, in a statement on Sunday, said that the leadership of the APC in Oyo
State and the country at large, must bury their heads in shame “each time we
discuss security matters in Nigeria.”

“We all know the state of security of Nigeria when the APC took over in 2015.

We knew that the much talked about insurgency was restricted to three states
of the North East, while kidnapping was wiped out from South East.

“Even though the leadership of APC complained loudest against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan at the time, the situation Nigeria found itself under President Buhari’s APC is nothing comparable to the sanity we all enjoyed under Jonathan.

“It is obvious the APC was merely in a power grab mission, without a clue of
what is needed to fix Nigeria.

“As we speak, insecurity has been weaponised and decentralised, while all
parts of the country have become endangered. Even the President’s own state
of Katsina is not spared as the sad incidents of kidnapping and killings
continue to happen even during his official visits to the state.

“The APC in Oyo State has zero justification to comment on the security situation in the state, as we all know that the Constitution of Nigeria has completely vested the command and control of security agencies in the President. If the President has refused to use his constitutionally granted power to curb insecurity, why should members of his party attempt to shift the blame to Governor Makinde, who has provided needed logistics for all security agencies in the state, while also setting up homegrown initiatives to tackle insecurity.

“If the APC leaders want to be patriotic, they will call on the leader of their party, President Buhari, to wake up and stop the unwarranted killings across the land: kidnapping of school children and other innocent Nigerians and fix the economy.

“The APC campaigned on three fronts in 2015 and 2019: to fix security, economy and fight corruption.

“Those three areas have only been worsened in the six years of its leadership with live suddenly becoming brutish and short, while Nigeria is fast drifting to a pariah state with the recent ban on Twitter.

“Rather than seek to grandstand and dance on the grave of our innocent compatriots from Igangan, who were hacked down by agents of darkness, the APC should mount the podium in the 33 local governments of Oyo State and
apologize for bringing a clueless government that has totally demobilised the
nation’s security.

“Finally, the leadership of APC in Oyo State cannot use the Igangan crisis to
stage a comeback to reckoning as even the South West APC leaders’ meeting
held in Lagos last month did not feature any prominent APC leader from Oyo

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