…as party mourns Mubarak
A major opposition party in Kwara State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to checkmate what it described as the “resurgence of cult killings and gang violence across the city of Ilorin.”
In statement by the publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments), Kwara PDP described the death of 27-year old Mubarak as an irreparable loss to the state. The statement also recalled the deceased as someone who used his skill and network, particularly on social media to fight injustice and advocate good governance.
“The PDP, under the chairmanship of Rt Hon Tunde Mohammed received with a deep sense of loss, the news of the unfortunate death of Mr. Yusuf Mubarak, a young promising Kwaran, who was declared missing late Wednesday until his remains were said to have been recovered before he was eventually laid to rest yesterday’s evening.
“Our party commiserates with the bereaved family at this trying moment and also mourns with friends, schoolmates, and associates while praying to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,’ the statement read.
It added, “In our mourning state, we strongly condemned the unfortunate resurgence of cult Killings and gang violence across the city of Ilorin, an issue that had long been forgotten before 2019. This cold-blooded murder of Mubarak, by suspected cultists is a sad reminder of the severe damage that this menace is inflicting on our state.
“In Kwara state, Cult killings are on the rise, and criminal gangs have become bolder, killing, maiming, and destroying property of rival gang members and innocent citizens alike. This is not to even talk of banditry and kidnapping that have put all rural Dwellers in Kwara under serious fear and siege and with the government turning deaf Ear to public outcry.”
The PDP asked Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to focus more on the serious business of governance that is already suffering serious negligence as a result of what it described as the Governor’s decision to “operate from the diaspora.”
“We wish to remind Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq that he is not the first Kwara Governor to emerge as Governors’ Forum chairman. Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (CON) was governor of Kwara between 2003-2011 and made an indelible mark as one of the most resourceful Governor Forum chairmen who did not relocate Kwara Capital to Abuja during his time. Instead, he turned Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara into a tourist center for all Nigerian Governors. Virtually most of the Governors who served with Dr. Bukola Saraki had one reason or the other to come to Kwara every week,” the statement concluded.