- In the light of the ethnic tension in Ondo and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola has called for restraint
- The interior minister said all aggrieved parties must embrace constructive dialogue to give the nation a lasting peace
- Aregbesola noted that "good neighbourliness and primacy of peace-building" will keep Nigeria's unity
Rauf Aregbesola, federal minister of interior, has sued for peace, harmony and mutual understanding in light of the heated tension in Ondo, Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa Oyo regions of state.
In a speech, titled “a time to put unity and peace above all” which he personally signed on Wednesday, January 27, Aregbesola said it is high time Nigeria put unity and peace above all.
He observed that the regrettable incidences in Ondo and Oyo have heightened ethnic and religious tension.
The former Osun state governor said all warring parties and aggrieved individuals must bury their hatchets, "exercise restraint" and embrace constructive dialogue.
He also noted that through "good neighbourliness and primacy of peace-building", Nigerians will overcome its security challenges and live peacefully without hiccups.
“The regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tension in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.
“Government is keenly aware and genuinely concerned about these complications that, sadly, have been sharpened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic through the growth of anxieties about issues, life and livelihood in our communities.”
Aregbesola said the government is having a holistic look with a view to bringing lasting peace, security and amity to all our communities.
Yoruba leaders backing Fulani herders - Igboho
Meanwhile, Sunday Adeyemo, an activist known better as Sunday Igboho, said some Yoruba leaders are behind the heinous activities of violent herdsmen in the southwest.
Igboho made this shock disclosure on Tuesday, January 26, while speaking with journalists on his Soka house which was burnt by suspected arsonists.
According to the activist, the continued onslaught of the herdsmen in the southwest is because they (the herders) receive supports from some leaders in the region including monarchs and political elites.
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