Don’t play politics with Offa robbery, Minister warns

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed yesterday chided some political actors in Kwara State for what he termed attempting to trivialise the April 5, 2018 robbery attack in Offa.

Thirty-three lives were lost in the robbery.

Speaking at the 2018 Ijakadi Festival in Offa, Alhaji Mohammed said claims of compensating the victims in monetary terms could not equate the lives lost in the incident, and described efforts to trivialize the act as indecent.
He asked the people to condemn any attempt to play politics with human lives.

His words: “In recent days, there have been attempts by some political desperadoes to trivialize the calamity that befell this community when those armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, among others.

“These desperadoes were quoted as saying that when they visited this town to commiserate with the people after the attack, they donated N10 million, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was N7 million.

”Now, let us ask them: How many of those who were killed in that attack have they also been able to bring back? How can any sane person equate human life with money? No amount of money is worth any human life. And no one should play politics with human life. All people of conscience must condemn this glib comment by a desperate political warlord.”

Alhaji Mohammed commended the resilience of the people of Offa for organizing such an elaborate festival, despite the calamity that befell their community this year, saying it is not surprising because Ijakadi festival itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of strength and determination, as well as equity, justice and wisdom.

He expressed delight that the people of Offa have resolved that never again will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any innocent person in the town by raising N700 million to build an ultra modern Mobile Police Force Barracks in the community.

The Minister said in keeping with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to develop and promote national festivals, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival has been nominated to attend a training on festival management in Ghana.

In his remarks, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, said the Ijakadi Festival is aimed at sustaining the cultural heritage of the people and fostering cohesion in Offa community and its environs.

Highlights of the festival include traditional wrestling, homage to the Oba by the various districts, horse racing, hairdo and traditional attire display, as well as Moremi showpiece.
Don’t play politics with Offa robbery, Minister warns Don’t play politics with Offa robbery, Minister warns Reviewed by SISI JOKE on December 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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