The remains of Mrs Funke Olakunri, daughter of the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, were buried amid tears at Saint David’s Anglican Cathedral Church cemetery in Akure on Monday.
Olakunri, the third daughter of Pa Fasornati, was killed by gunmen along the Ore-Sagamu Expressway in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Delivering a sermon at the funeral service for Mrs Olakunri, the Bishop of the Akure Diocese of the Anglican Church, Simeon Borokini, lamented the growing insecurity in the country, saying “nobody is safe.”
He urged all levels of government to take more proactive actions on security issues.
Borokini said, “Do we have credible leaders in Nigeria? It is very unfortunate. Millions of people in the land are wounded and need healing. It is when the government does the needful that we can be healed.
“The government should do more for the people. You take a risk in your house and you take a bigger risk when you take a step outside your house.
“Nobody is happy and nobody is safe in this country; our leader should do something on the issue of insecurity.”
The cleric described Olakunri’s death as a loss to Akure community, Ondo State and Nigeria.
He said, “It is only God that can comfort the family of the deceased. It is only God that can wipe away their tears.”
In his tribute, the deceased’s husband, Mr Idowu Olakunri, said the family would take solace in her legacy.
He said, “You survived many challenges. This wasn’t a challenge but a home call. I don’t like the way it came at all because it didn’t allow us time to say goodbye, show affection and make an effort to prolong the day. Sleep well my wife, I will never be the same again; this I know.”
Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) attended the funeral service.
A former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, ex-Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni and former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, were among other personalities at the event.
Speaking with journalists after the service, Fani-Kayode said the Federal Government must protect lives and property in the country.
He said, “We have been consistent in calling on the Buhari government to do more on security. By God’s grace, the perpetrators will be identified and they would be brought to justice.”