Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has commended the Ipetumodu and Ashipa communities for embracing peace four days after they entered into an agreement to end hostilities.
The two communities in Ife-North Local Government Area of Osun had, in the last two weeks, engaged in a communal clash over a disputed land and the clash in their market days.
In a statement by the Governor’s Media aide, Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola was quoted as speaking during an on-the-spot assessment of the damage caused by the clash between the youths of the two warring communities and frowned at the level of destruction of property in the towns.
He berated the two communities for falling short of the ethos of ‘Omoluabi’ that the state is promoting by taking to dialogue before resulting to destruction of property and the commerce of the communities.
The governor pointed out that the renewal of peace within the two communities would return the commerce of the towns that has been grounded by the communal clash.
According to him, “We have all seen what crises and communal clash can bring, what we can gain is nothing but loss, agony, pain and the gnashing of teeth. We should now see reasons why we should not engage in fighting ourselves.
“If we are sure that we are not going to gain any development from it, why should we hurt ourselves. I am happy that peace has returned to the two communities.
“I will now go back to set up a committee having seen the extent of damage. The committee will be given six weeks to come out with its findings and recommendations after, which we will ensure lasting solution,” he emphasised.
Aregbesola associated the use of youths to fight in a communal clash as a manifestation of what unemployment can cause, saying that the clash was more fuelled as a result of the level of unemployment in the town.
The governor assured the two communities that the February 14 elections, which the All Progressive Congress (APC) would win, would put an end to unemployment.
He stressed that government can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace, urging them to learn from what is happening in some parts of the Northern part of the country where insurgents have taken over.
Aregbesola noted that with the activities of insurgents in some parts of the North-east, no investor would want to visit the place, thus affecting the commerce of such states.