The former member of House of Representatives, Hon. Gbenga Ayoade Ojoawo (Iloko) has called on all stakeholders to embrace peace while puting measures in place to nip in the bud the rising security challenges in Ibarapaland. He said the insecurity level in Ibarapa axis of Oyo state and the state at large calls for serious concern.
This was contained in a press release made available to ODUDUWA NEWS this morning by one of his Media Aides.
The statement read, “I appreciate the intervention of the security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths, and students’ associations in the current situation of Ibarapa axis. It will be recalled that the zone has been facing series of insecurity challenges, ranging from kidnappings, killings, robbery, among other crimes against humanity.
It is a known fact that it is only in a tranquil and peaceful environment that our communities can experience steadfast development. No one will come and invest in a place where the adequate security of lives and property is not guaranteed.”
He added that, “In few days, the Federal Science Technical College, Igangan will be writing its supplementary qualifying examination for interested candidates. For instance, if there is no peace in the community, parents will find it difficult to send thier children to partake in the examination for admission.”
“To this end, we urge our current political office holders to brace up to the current security challenges by dousing the current tensions as well as providing an enabling environment for her citizens. Killings and kidnappings have been a cankerworm in the community at large and lives and property have been lost as a result of inadequate and ineffective government policies.”
“I urge citizens to live within the purview of the law with the sole aim of achieving community development. We should all embrace peace and tolerate one and other. Indigenes and security personnel should work in harmony to combat and expose further criminal incidence. Government should also wake up to the primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties while maintaning laws and order”
“All stakeholders in Ibarapa – the local vigilante, religious leaders, pressure groups, and traditional rulers – should assist in fostering peace and harmony. Not to mismanage humane socio-relations , care and love for one and other, trust building and effective security apparatus would guarantee sustainable peace in our zone to promote social economic development.”