The National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress and former lawmaker, Senator Ajibola Basiru has called on the people of Ilobu and Ifon communities in Osun State, to give room for peace to thrive chance the two communities.
Senator Basiru who made this call in a statement issued by him, urged the two neighbouring towns, to toll the path of dialogue, to end the recent hostilities between them and leave them together in peace and unity.
The APC Chieftain who expressed sadness over the ongoing crisis in the area, which has led to the destruction of lives and properties, showed empathy for the victims and identified with them on their losses, while also calling on the various authorities to intensify more efforts, in promoting peaceful coexistence between the two neighbouring towns.
“I call on traditional rulers, local leaders, community elders and the government to take effective steps towards dousing the tension that has given birth to conflagration.
“I believe constructive discussions, implementing conflict resolution mechanisms and peaceful negotiations can breed an enduring and lasting harmony between the warring communities and engender a large-scale peace in Osun State.
“It is our collective responsibility to come together as citizens, set aside our differences, recognize our shared history, culture and norms to build stronger communities, foster physical and economic growth and secure a better future for the coming generation,” he said.
The former lawmaker also called on the media and the civil society organisations, to be instrumental in the efforts to restore peace and harmony among the people of the area, by spreading messages of reconciliation, cohesion and hope.
“I wish to restate my commitment to working with other stakeholders in the pursuit of peace in Ifon and Ilobu.
“I also call on all and sundry to join in the endeavour for a more harmonious and prosperous Osun State,” he added.