It’s no longer news that the insecurities in Oyo state and the entire southwestern states has escalated beyond control and this as resulted in the destruction of properties worth billions of Naira and many lives were recorded to have been lost .
Our heartfelt condolences are with the victims of the numerous incidents and occurrences that has embattled our pace setter state ever since the beginning of this year.
It’s time our government at all levels, community leaders, stakeholders and all political leaders across board unite themselves, speak in one voice and collectively map out strategies and security measures to settle this raising menace.
From Ibarapa ‘Farmers-Herders crisis to Shasa communal war’, the time has come for all hands to be on deck. Our leaders should see themselves as one irrespective of their differences in politics and political parties.
GSM should summon emergency meetings of all stakeholders not limited to Federal Lawmakers, security agencies, traditional Kings and Chiefs, representatives of farmers, hausa community, Igbo community, Fulani community, Afenifere group and other concerned groups.
We should all learn from the 1967-1970 Civil War. A lot of young men and women were massacred, businesses were burnt and the hope of growing economy got crumbled, people’s hopes were lost and leadership became highest bidder.
We can’t afford to leave in disunity anymore. All tribes have their relatives and families in each other’s region. Our bonds are so connected and interrelated with our existence.
Without considering party affiliation,it’s time to bury our differences and unite against external attacks. Oyo State is our home.
Social media shouldn’t be for political attacks alone and security shouldn’t be a tool for political gingle and source of criticisms. Both parties have Governors whose in their respective state has security challenges.
This is the time to move forward.
Popoola Hassan Adeshola writes from Ibadan, Oyo State.