The Ondo state Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, Chief Joseph Akinlaja Buhari has urged President Muhammudu Buhari to urgently voice out to condemn and warn criminal elements either from yoruba, fulani or igbo or Hausa, to desist or face the full weight of the law.
Akinalaja, a former member of the house of representatives, said the President needs to dissociate himself from criminal elements using fulani herdsmen as cover to unleash terror on innocent travellers and farmers in the state and the southwest region as a whole.
Addressing reporters in Akure, Akinlaja pointed out that Buhari as a commander in Chief of Armed forces, was keeping silence too much and for so long which may further aggravate killings, kidnappings, banditry and other security challenges confronting various parts of the country.
He urged President Buhari emulate former Olusegun Obasanjo who exhibited nationalistic trait by arresting and prosecuting suspected criminal elements among the members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) when he was President between 1999 and 2007.
The former lawmaker described the South-West governors’ meeting in Akure with Miyyetti Allah national leadership as a welcome development. He warned herdmens against flouting lawful 7 day quit notice of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to those occupying forest reserves illegally.
Akinlaja said, “General Muhammadu Buhari should speak out now so that his body language will not show that he is in support of criminal elements and ethnic group he belong to.
“It is pathetic that every body is mentioning Fulani every where. His body gesture over years means alot. Many resting on the poles of the President are actually perpetrating the heinous crime. So if he speaks and warn criminal element, this sole act will wipe out the kidnappers.
“When Obasanjo was the president, Opc under Dr. Faseun and Gani Adams was very useful, during this Era, crime was ameliotaed, Infact crimes was unabetted but unfortunately many hide under this security umbrella as they infiltrated and destroyed the Group.
“Because of OPC’s popularity, many perpetrated evils with the Southwest security outfit. Obasanjo rose against the criminal elements in Opc, until now Opc is sanitize and still exist. Infact body language of Obasanjo nipped all criminal activities in the bud.
“Even in Katsina, we have criminal elements, Buhari could have acted like Obasanjo. Buhari needs to speak out. His silence means alot” !