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Aregbesola quell communal clash in Osun state


The hostilities in Osun state between Ipetumodun and Ashipa communities has subsided as both sides has agreed to reach a peaceful agreement to end the clash.

The two communities in Ife-North Local Government Area of Osun state, engaged in communal clash last week over a disputed land and clash in their market days.

However the timely interventions of the governor has forestalled peace in the area. The governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the communities for reaching a peaceful agreement to lay down their arms.

However, in a statement by the Governors 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, 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 not 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 will 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 6 weeks to come out with its findings and recommendations after which we will ensure lasting solution." he emphasised.

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