Nigeria must prevent another civil war, says Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said Nigeria must act fast to prevent the crisis in the North-East and other parts of the country from degenerating into another full-blown civil war.
The governor said this in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday to felicitate with the people of the state on the occasion of theEid-el-Kabir.
He lamented the rising wave of violence and insurgency across the world, saying at no time was the world peace endangered like this in the history of mankind.
“No nation can isolate itself from the current global crises, including social, religious, political, economic and human which are daily staring us in the eyes.
“What we need as a matter of necessity is to have a clean break with the systems that have failed us or retarded our growth as a nation; rethink and chart a new course for our greatness.
“This is the fulcrum upon which President Muhammadu Buhari based his government. Nigerians in whatever capacity must identify with the new government and support it for the betterment of ourselves and the nation at large.”
Aregbesola urged Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to promote love and spread the message of peace to their neighbours and adherent of other religions.
“I call on Muslims in Osun and the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah to seize the opportunity of the Eid to reach out to peoples of different faiths with greetings and messages of love and peace.
“Without peace and love, no nation unites and no nation attains greatness in an atmosphere of disunity singing discordant tunes,” he added.
Also, a former governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, has said the path to peace is not negotiable.
Akinbade said this in a statement issued on Thursday.
Akinbade, who is also a former Secretary to the State Government, said without peace, nothing meaningful could be achieved. He urged the people to ensure a rancour-free atmosphere in order to have the desired progress.
He said, “Though the situation in the state called for concern, owing to the insensitivity of the Aregbesola administration to the plight of the people of the state, especially the workers, the path of peace was not negotiable.
“Truly and without mincing words, the psyche of an average Osun indigene has been thoroughly bruised as a result of Aregbesola’s mishandling of the state on all fronts, but we should just continue to bear the pain. It is just for a while.”