Vanguard (Lagos)

10 May 2012

Nigeria: Search for Oyerinde's Killers - Ihonvbere Lauds Jonathan's Marching Order

Benin — FORMER Presidential aide and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, yesterday, commended President Goodluck Jonathan, for what he described as his "undiluted support" in the on-going effort to find the killers of the Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor, late Mr. Olaitan Oyerinde.

Ihonvbere said: "It is sad that what we thought would be an interesting political contest as regards the forthcoming governorship election, had turned to a theater of death by some desperate people because of their faulty system."

He spoke when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole at Government House, Benin City. The PDP chieftain, who recalled how he worked closely with the late Oyerinde during the pro- democracy days, wondered why some one who fought doggedly for the enthronement of democracy in the country could be killed "in cold blooded by desperate politicians.

"I want to thank the President for his intervention in this matter. Let the security agents unearth the killers and even those who have killed before at least to serve as deterrent to those who might want to kill tomorrow. I believe that in politics, people must learn to accommodate, be tolerant and ready for dialogue and concede when they cannot have their ways.

"I also believe that the resort to mindless violence is often the product of miscalculation, desperation and the tendency to adopt undemocratic tactics by politicians, who play god. I have no doubt that Olaitan was assassinated by these shameless people."

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