By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Ahead of State House of Assembly elections, World Institute of Peace has condemned ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State for accommodating political thugs and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba to apprehend hoodlums before they unleash violence in the Saturday’s polls.
The Executive Director of WIP, Lamina Kamiludeen Omotoyosi made the call, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, in Osogbo.
He disclosed that the political thugs reigning in the state has becoming unbearable and this needs a very weighty action to halt its growth.
“The sad news that political thuggery has claimed lives in Osun State recently is so disheartening and the worrisome part of it is that, the state government is not doing anything to put an end to the ugly incidents causing by some political thugs in the states.”
According to him breadwinners, promising children and husbands have been victims of political thuggery in the last few months in Osun state.
“Many innocent Nigerians have lost their people to banditry in the North, South and Eastern part of the country.
“It is a cast down to learn that Osun state government has not made any statement concerning those who have lost their lives to political thugs in the state within the last few months neither did the government give warning, and instead, the government is empowering the alleged political thugs with state appointments.
Involving thugs in government activities is a pure manner of sponsoring violence activities and President Muhammadu Buhari need to work on this.
Omotoyosi added that political thuggery is undermining the legitimacy of an elected government, as citizens may feel their voices have been silenced through violence and manipulation.
He concluded that Osun was declared as the state that top the list of the states with various degrees of violence activities, as it’s saddened his heart.
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