By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC) has denied writing petition letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on political violence in the state and the recent gun duel between some suspected political thugs and security agents attached to the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
The coalition dissociated itself from the individuals who claimed to speak on behalf of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Osun State as well as the press conference and petition sent to the President.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday, the Vice Chairman of the coalition, Wole Folaranmi maintained that all the people and organisations listed as signatories to the petition are not members of the Coalition.
“We state categorically that all the people and organisations listed as signatories to the petition are not members of Osun Civil Societies Coalition. Therefore, we dissociate ourselves from the press conference and the said petition.
“We suspect that the action of the petitioners was politically motivated for pecuniary gains. And the said individuals were hurriedly put together by political elements who needed the service of available, curruptible civil society groups to drive their selfish interest.
“We state with all modesty that all the issues raised in the said petition were half truth and there is no sincerity, fairness and objectivity in it.
“However, we don’t want to join issue with anybody. We ordinarily wanted to keep silent on the petition but because of the confusion and mistaken identity that it has generated, this press statement is needed for clarification.”
The coalition, however acknowledged the growing threats to security of lives and property in the state.
Folaranmi added: “We state categorically that Osun is no longer a safe state that it used to be. There is a growing trend of insecurity with a side attraction of political violence.
“We observe that our core politicians have shamelessly been banking on the support of thugs and criminal elements for their political activities. This is a dangerous trend as it is already posing threat to our lives and property.
“The spate of political violence in the state is alarming, and we condemn anybody and everybody connected to this. The political gladiators should not turn Osun to a battle ground where the use of hoodlums with dangerous weapon is the order of the day.”
He then called on the Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode to rise to the core duty of policing.