Ifon-Ilobu Communal Clash: Oyetola appeals for peace, commiserates with victims’ families


The immediate past Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has urged the parties in Ifon-Osun and Ilobu in Orolu and Irepodun local government areas of the state to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.

This is as Oyetola noted that it had become imperative for the two communities to put an end to the avoidable crisis that had escalated to the wanton destruction of properties, killings and maiming of one another since the crisis erupted.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, on Friday, Oyetola, who is the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, also commiserated with the families and relatives of those who lost their lives to the violence and also sympathised with those who lost their valued property.

According to him, “Whenever the crisis erupted in the past, it was usually deescalated through the traditional rulers. I wonder why this latest violence was allowed to degenerate to this level.

“Peace as sine qua non to human existence. It is always good to come to the round table for dialogue and negotiation than to resort to violence in whatever circumstance. God knows why He destined the two towns of Ifon and Ilobu to border each other.


“The two communities must stop the fight permanently, jettison their differences and continue to live together as brothers and sisters by continually taking maximum advantage of their unity and togetherness as well as the prospects in their diversity regardless of borders and boundaries.

“With my sojourn in life, I have come to realise that nothing good can come from communal clash and as such, every being must do everything humanly possible to forestall fight of any nature. It is quite unfortunate and shocking to receive the news of clashes between two of our notable towns (Ilobu and Ifon-Osun) in the state.

“While I acknowledge whatever the reason that might have led to the avoidable crisis leaving many dead, I want to vehemently note that no matter the issue at stake, it is not worth the life of any Osun citizen. I, therefore, appeal to our people to sheath their sword and allow peace to reign forthwith.

“Taking a look at number of casualties recorded in the last few days while the crisis lasted, it is apparent that dialogue and negotiation would have been more profitable and rewarding if that path had been genuinely taken by the two communities.”

Oyetola appealed to the traditional leaders of the two communities to opt for dialogue in resolving the contentious issue in order to restore peace and tranquility to the land.

Newspot recalls that there had been renewed clashes in Ifon-Osun in Orolu local government and Ilobu in Irepodun local government on Wednesday over a disputed parcel of land.

On Thursday, the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, in a public meeting, declared the land seized by the state government.

Adeleke, while beseeching traditional rulers and stakeholders to deescalate the tension also warned that he had directed security agencies to deal decisively with anyone trying to prolong the crisis.

Also, on Friday, the state government imposed a-24 hour curfew on both Orolu and Irepodun local government areas in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order and to stem further loss of lives and destruction of properties.

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