A former commissioner for works and transport in Oyo State, Engr. Yunus Akintunde, has commended governors and security agencies in the South West for their role in the release of the kidnapped 6 students of Igbonla Government College, Epe, Lagos State.
The 6 students, who were held captive by their abductors, were released in Ondo State last week, following a combined efforts of the governments of Lagos and Ondo States.
According to Akintunde, who was an executive assistant to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, “I was happy when I received the news of the release of the 6 boys. It was 65 days of traumatic for the boys and their parents. As a father, I know what the parents would have gone through. But at the end of the day, we are grateful to God for their safe return.”
Akintunde who said the synergy between the two states should serve as the beginning of the needed unity between the 6 south western states added that “we have seen the importance of being united; it serves many purposes. More than before, we should be united, look for areas of strength and bring back the good old days of many firsts.”
“As a way of preventing future occurrence, he urged Yoruba to ensure youth are well engaged, adding that ‘when they have something useful to do with their lives, the society is better for it. Engaging them at a tender age in politics will allow for grooming of future leaders, who would take over from wherever the leaders will stop,” he added.
He also charged security agencies to be proactive and boost their intelligence gathering mechanism, saying that “with that, the society will be safe to live while their workload will be reduced. It is costlier to rebuild than to prevent,” he explained.