Governor Seyi Makinde yesterday declared that he will do everything possible to protect the lives and property of Oyo State residents. He also promised that his administration will ensure that Igangan and other Oyo State communities will be better protected from such attacks happening again.
The governor declared this at Igangan when he visited the mourning families of the murdered residents of last weekend’s attacks and also stated that Oyo state will equip local vigilantes better in addition to the security measures already in place in the region.
The governor’s chief press secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa released a statement where his principal appealed to Igangan residents not to take the law into their hands. He stated that he has identified vulnerable areas and is taking steps to address the situation and put the appropriate security measures in place so that residents can live without fear of further attacks.
He also gave his word that such an occurrence will never happen again in Igangan.
“I have told your chairman that all the vigilantes and security guards, the government will be responsible for them. This is your government, please give me the opportunity to do the needful so that a meeting like this would not come up again.”
“I urge you to give me that chance to make the issue of insecurity here become a thing of the past. Don’t take laws into your hands. We have identified where there are hitches. We are supposed to be going to our farms by now because of the favourable weather. But hold me accountable, I have nowhere to go.”
“I believe there are some certain things we put in place, which we think would work but unfortunately, they did not work. Please, give me some time, everything will be resolved.”
“It is not a situation where there is any magic we can do. We have to work through this and work together through it. But I promise you, this is the last time anything like this will ever happen here. It is a promise I am making to you, and it is a promise I will come through with.”
“Please, don’t take laws into your hands. I urge all the families that lost their loved ones to this attack, because sometimes, emotion can really be high. Please, give us the opportunity to resolve this and make this place better for you.”
“You must have seen the Light-up project we embarked on. We are doing it for us to be able to see everywhere, whether it is day or night. Well, there are people who don’t want good for our state and country at large, but I believe that God will show us mercy.”
“Once again, I beg of you; give us the opportunity to come back and rebuild things and put a more solid architecture such that you will be able to go to farms and do whatever you want to do without fear. But I should be held accountable. I am responsible for this and will do everything within my power to make sure that it will not happen again.”