Minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola says the Federal Government is moving in to quickly bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations, and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.
He called on citizens to put unity and peace above all, “especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and (northern parts of) the Oyo States.”
He also called for restraint and an constructive dialogue, good neighborliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment.
In his speech, entitled “A TIME TO PUT UNITY AND PEACE ABOVE ALL”, on Tuesday in Abuja, Aregbesola attributed heightening ethnic and religious tension as outcomes of persistent political and economic strains, “that exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.”
According to him, “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.”
The Minister stated that Government was having a holistic look at the challenges and would ensure sustainable peace was achieved in the country.