Nigerians have berated President Muhammadu Buhari‘s spokesman, Femi Adesina, over his statement on the killing of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Naija News had reported earlier that the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation announced the killing of Mrs. Olakunrin by suspected herdsmen in a terse message sent to The PUNCH on Friday by the spokesman for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.
The spokesman for Afenifere said late Mrs. Olakunrin, a 58-year-old woman, was heading to Ore Junction from Akure, Ondo State when she was attacked and shot by the herdsmen.
The statement reads: “We have confirmed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (58), daughter of our leader, Chief Fasoranti.
“Eyewitness accounts say she died of gunshots from Fulani herdsmen who shot her at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier today.
“She was coming from Akure when the armed Fulani herdsmen came from the bush to attack her and other vehicles.
“Her domestic staff in the car with her also sustained gunshots.
“This is one death too many and a clear we-can-take-it-no-more death,” the statement by issued by Odumakin on Friday said.
Reacting to the development on behalf of President Buhari in a statement on Friday night, Adesina said the murder was carried out by armed robbers and not herdsmen as widely reported.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, whose daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin was killed along Ondo-Ore road by those described as armed robbers by Ondo Police Command. He prays God to give Pa Fasoranti fortitude to bear the loss,” the Presidential spokesman had said.
President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, whose daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed along Ondo-Ore road by those described as armed robbers by Ondo Police Command. He prays God to give Pa Fasoranti fortitude to bear the loss.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) July 12, 2019
Apparently displeased with the statement, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to blast Adesina for replacing herdsmen with armed robbers in his statement.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
A huge sh*t has hit the fan. It has scattered all over Oduduwaland. @GarShehu & @BashirAhmaad can't pack it. Only one man in @AsoRock can: Femi Adesina, who had been sidelined by the cabal. Yoruba ronu.
— Chuks Akunna (@akunnachux) July 13, 2019
"those described as armed robbers by Ondo Police Command" – Femi Adesina
Noted and Saved! https://t.co/Ti2x4I9TGz
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) July 13, 2019
This same Femi Adesina??? One who talks carelessly and distorts facts to suit what ever narrative his paymasters have asked him to whitewash? A christian southwesterner masquerading as a national spokesman? 🙄🧐🤔🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/rdDT5azmTm
— serendipity (@doublejeopardee) July 13, 2019
"Give Fulani Herdsmen Your Lands Or Die For Refusing To Do So"
– Femi Adesina, Presidential Aide On Media
— Jerome chimbiko (@chimbiko_jerome) July 13, 2019
justice in the shortest possible time.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
July 12, 2019
— Adabanija Qomarudeen Idowu🇳🇬 (@AdabanijaQomaru) July 13, 2019
Daughter of Afenifere chieftain is slain by the rampaging herdsmen but Femi Adesina, SA President on Media, changes the narrative to armed robbery gone wrong!
When non-Nigerian Fulani herdsmen from CAR, Mali, etc are murdering Nigerians, Mr Adesina should speak truth to power. https://t.co/5oUrPB2vZf
— Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji (@MgbeojiIkechi) July 13, 2019
Why is Femi scared of calling spade a spade? The killers were described as Fulani herdsmen by press reports.
Because of dodo (food), Femi is timid to say ododo (the truth). Femi has forgotten that nothing lasts forever.
Femi Adesina, why don't you learn from Rueben Abati?
— Baba awon girls 😍😍💕💕 (aka Olamide Obe) (@olajideobe) July 13, 2019
Femi Adesina's conscience died the day he joined APC, Buhari & Lai Mohammed.
— ola joseph (@olajose94508393) July 13, 2019
Femi Adesina!!! Wetin dem give you shop? ..Selling your tribesmen at what price? Femi, is this all you have to say? Remember, whatever that goes up must come down. We are watching you and your masters.
— uche ibeike (@UIbeike) July 13, 2019
Here they come
Trust me, nothing will happen
But the painful part is that, a yoruba man, by the name of Femi Adesina, is refusing to accept that she was killed by fulani herdsmen
They are above the law.
O Nigeria, my fatherland! pic.twitter.com/KOz84B4u0G
— Newton Ikire (@NewtonIkire) July 13, 2019
Femi Adesina sitting in his air-conditioned office in Abuja claims armed robbers killed the daughter of the Afenifere leader. Once your soul is gone, you are gone forever.
— Meche (@amechioma) July 13, 2019
Femi Adesina…you have lost your morals…you are nothing but a slave…an enemy to your tribe…lol..all in time femi..all in time!
— Kvngxly (@kwest_01) July 13, 2019
Shina Rambo sorry Femi Adesina your brain is full of oil and sawdust…Fulani HERDSMEN MILITIAS has overran your region and for a pot of porridge you sold YOUR soul to the DEVIL…Judgement DAY is coming soon…
— Africa's First Born…🤗🤗🤗🤗 (@eastunltd) July 13, 2019
The thing no be joke o….that's why some say he is not the same person.
One version says A, the double says B
Femi Adesina tells us C, Garba Shehu denies the C and says it's actually D.
Bashir tweets late at night that he only took a picture of E
Lai denies all of the above
— The Seeker (@The_Seeker76) July 11, 2019