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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State

Abiodun Expresses Worries Over Youth Involvement In Killings, Dismembering Of Human Beings For Money Rituals

IJEBU-IGBO – The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed worries by the slide in the moral ethos and the palpable mindlessness that accompany the get-rich-syndrome in the society, particularly among the youths.

Abiodun who stated this on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the presentation of staff of office to Oba Lawrence Jaiyeoba Adebajo, the newly crowned Orimolusi of Ijebu Igbo, further said that measures would be put in place to nip the menace in the bud.

His words, “I am always traumatised beyond words when I hear of our youth’s involvement in the spate of killings and dismembering of human beings for ritual purposes. I am particularly scandalized these young ones – teenagers – are being fingered as perpetrators of these dastardly acts. Let me use this opportunity to solicit the support of our Traditional Rulers, Parents, Teachers, Heads of Various Institutions of Learning, Community leaders, Religious leaders and indeed all of us, to always preach and act as a good moral compass and mentors to our children and youths.

“Money should not be the sole determinant of success. Integrity should count more. But, let me also warn that we shall deal decisively with anyone involved in any heinous crime in accordance with the relevant laws. There is no compromise on this. Ogun State is known over the years for being at the vanguard of ‘Omoluabi’ ethos. I wonder when this malady l became the norm!

“Let me reiterate that our administration has continued and will continue to espouse programmes and policies that engage the youths positively. We are doing everything possible to ensure that Ogun remains a trailblazer in youth development, human capital empowerment, economic growth and prosperity. ”

“He continued, “We are committed to providing necessary technical, logistic and institutional support to security agencies and for our youths to actualize themselves through provision of jobs, creating a conducive environment for them to learn trades and become net employers of labour, as well as other avenues and opportunities to be gainfully and prosperously engaged without resorting to crimes.

“Let our elders, parents and guardians do their own to inculcate the right attitude into their wards to help the moral fibre of our society. We all owe it a duty to stop this scourge by whatever legal means possible. I can assure you that we will fight this menace with everything at our disposal. We will not be identified by this notoriety. Our culture frowns at this and we must bring propriety back into the psyche of the children who we will leave the future behind for.”

“For us, we have emplaced security measures in schools and all the villages, hamlets and towns to ensure zero-tolerance for ritualists. We will trail them, apprehend them, investigate them and make them serve as examples for those harbouring such sinister routes to wealth acquisition.”

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