Olakunrin’s murder: Mind your language, Presidency warns leaders

The Presidency has admonished all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences when commenting on the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

In its second statement on the deceased who met her death in the hands of suspected herdsmen, the Presidency said on Monday that it had noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack leading to the death of Olakunri.

Signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), the statement said it was incumbent on the leaders to be mindful of what they said.

It said insecurity was an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation, united.

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“Times of tragedy like these are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this,” the statement added.

It recalled that the President has already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.

Similarly, it pointed out that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.

“Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” the statement added.

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