From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Osogbo
Osun State Government has assured relations of all victims of the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in the state that the death of their loved ones would not be in vain as the government would compensate them adequately.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, who spoke during a programme to mark the 7th anniversary of the 2007 governorship election said the state government would immortalise the victims.
Akere described the victims of the 2007 election as heroes and martyrs of democracy, stressing that the blood of the victims would continue to hunt their killers till they also die.
“The memory of the harmless youngmen that were killed at various polling units across the state while defending their ballot boxes from being forcefully hijacked and taken away will not rest until free, fair, credible and transparent election is entrenched as the order of the day, not only in Osun but all over Nigeria,” he said.
Recall that about 12 people lost their lives in Ikirun, Igbajo, Ila Orangun, Ile-Ife, Ilesa and some other parts of the state on April 14, 2007 during the governorship election.
Akere said financial support, employment opportunity and scholarship have been provided for the families of the deceased, adding that the state government would support the families in other areas.
He urged the people of the state to be wary of desperate politicians, who were lurking around again to deceive them with money and materials in order to keep them in perpetual penury and underdevelopment.
He said the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would continue to make life better for the people, adding that the state would not witness such violence again. The commissioner warned politicians to shun violence during the next governorship election in the state.