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Marwa, Afenifere, CLO, others mourn

Posted by By Olalekan Adetayo and Yemi Banjo on 2006/07/31 | Views: 304 |

Marwa, Afenifere, CLO, others mourn


Shock and disbelief continued on Sunday to trail last Thursday’s murder of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant.....

Shock and disbelief continued on Sunday to trail last Thursday’s murder of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Chief Funsho Williams.

The latest reactions were from the PDP presidential aspirant, Dr. Buba Marwa; the Civil Liberties Organisation the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, and the Remi Adiukwu-Bakare Strategic Group.

Marwa’s reaction was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity, Marwa Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Bola Bolawole.

The presidential aspirant described Williams’ death as shocking and regrettable, coming at a time when he was getting ready for another shot at the gubernatorial seat in the 2007 elections.

He appealed to politicians and their supporters to eschew violence and respect the sanctity of human lives.

Marwa said only God gives life and the prerogative to take it should be left entirely also in His hands.

Afenifere, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said investigation into the murder should not go the way of the late Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, which was yet to be unravelled.

It said allowing it to go that way would mean renewing the licence of sponsors of political killings.

The Remi Adiukwu-Bakare Strategic Group said this assassination, coming on the heels of violent clashes at the Lagos PDP solidarity rally, where William’s supporters were claimed to have gained an upper hand was most suspicious that the nest of killers in the PDP identified by Prof. Wole Soyinka after the murder of Ige might be real after all.

The statement was signed by Mr. Wale Okunniyi

The group said the police and security operatives must unravel the mystery surrounding the assassination and other previous murders of political stalwarts and bring the culprits to book.

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties and the Advanced Congress of Democrats in Adamawa State on Sunday described the assassination as a setback for democracy.

Speaking on behalf of the ACD, the Chairman, Chief Lyn Nathan, said it was unfortunate for a man who had offered himself for service to have his life terminated.

The state Chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji El-Ladan Yadim, described the murder as “astonishing and shocking.”

He said with the murder of Williams, the country’s renascent democracy had suffered a setback.

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.