The Stevocracy Advocates for Good Governance (SAGG) President, Comrade Steve Adegoriola has challenged the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu on his Mali, Lybia comment over the recent massacre by terrorists in St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area.
The Governor while reacting to the Sunday ruthless attack said said those carrying out most attacks in Nigeria are foreigners.
While describing the attack as vile and satanic, Akeredolu promised that the perpetrators would be arrested soon.
He said, “What happened here is too tragic. It is the most tragic event. What is happening in America is a child’s play to what has happened here.
“To say the least, it is condemnable. I’m grieved. Let me let you know that we have a duty to protect you.
“Security services also lost about two men. The attack was sudden. How they carried out the attack and entered the church cannot be explained.
“No one thought that such incident could happen in Ondo State not to talk of People.
“Let us not retaliate because we will apprehend them. Don’t take laws into your hands. I want to express my condolences to the families of the victims.
“Security agencies in the state must take all steps necessary because this must not repeat itself.
“On our own part, we must be vigilant. We take responsibility for what has happened.
“Most of those that are carrying out these attacks are foreigners from Mali who were trained in Libya,” he said.
Reacting via a statement sent to GBETU, Comrade Stave is asking how long Gov. Akeredolu have been privy to such information.
”If it takes Mr governor less than 15 hours to know the source of the attacks, why didn’t it take Mr governor at least his five years as governor to ensure security in his state?” The statement reads partly.
He added that, ”It is high time Mr Governor jettison the act of politicking at the expense of the valuable lives and shows for once that humans are valuable.
”Ondo State is one of the academically recognized state where such games can’t sway anyone, it is unfortunate humans are not secured under the set of leaders who portray themselves as so called leaders around this spell.
”I believe the ball is the court of the masses to be sensible in the choice of the forthcoming leadership of this country and stop bringing foreign leaders to rule our country and different states.”
Meanwhile, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has dismissed reports quoting him as saying the gunmen that attacked the St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, were from Mali and trained in Libya.
Akeredolu says its fake news.
He spoke in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Olabode Olatunde, said he told the people of Owo to resist the urge to retaliate and not to attack non-indigenes resident in the town.
He said he mentioned that those who live in Owo among the people were not responsible for the terror attack.
According to him: “The charge became necessary in light of disturbing reports of impending retaliatory attacks on non-indigenes in Owo, who were believed to share the same ethnic background with the suspected assailants.
“This is a trying time for us in Ondo State. It is a tragic moment and the mood of the state is melancholic. We urge the media, to report accurate and factual information so as not to mislead the general public. This is not the time for undue sensationalism.”