As President Muhammadu Buhari visits Kwara today, women in the state have urged him to direct the security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the masterminds and perpetrators of the recent political violence in Ilorin, the state capital.
The women stated this in Ilorin yesterday at a press conference addressed by the Women Leader of the state’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaja Ramata Oganija.
Oganija, flanked by other prominent women leaders in the state, including two former PDP women leaders, Alhaja Muslimat Ibrahim, Alhaja Sarat Adebayo and two current members of the state House of Assembly, Alhaja Sikirat Anako and Alhaja Segilola AbdulKadir, said women, as mothers, were saddened by the recent orgy of violence by political thugs in Ilorin.
The PDP women leader, who also urged the President to use his planned visit not only to campaign but to also ask his party men to end all their criminalities in the name of politics, said: “We urge President Muhammadu Buhari, as the father of the nation, to look beyond party affiliation and partisanship and direct the security agencies to apprehend and prosecute all those who have been disturbing the peace of Kwara State and their sponsors.
“The President should use his visit to Ilorin not only to campaign but to ask his party men to end all their criminalities in the name of politics.”
Meanwhile, ahead of next month elections, the Kwara State government has banned all forms of political street rallies and processions.
Police authorities have, therefore, been charged to ensure full compliance.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed made the announcement yesterday during a special broadcast on the recent political violence in the state between alleged supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP.
According to him, only political rallies at designated areas with prior notification to the State Police Command would be allowed henceforth.