Ondo, Oyo: FG won’t tolerate lawlessness, Aregbesola threatens

The federal government has warned that it will not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country.

The central government, however, called on the citizens to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and Oyo states.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola who gave the warning Tuesday in Abuja, through a statement signed by the Ministry’s Director of Press, Mohammed Manga, charged all agitators to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue and good neighbourliness as ways of dousing anger and resentment.

In his speech, titled “A time to put unity and peace above all”, which he personally signed, Aregbesola observed that “The regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tension in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.”

According to Aregbe, “There will be no tolerance for any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order and security of lives and property in any part of Nigeria.

“Therefore, as the government is fashioning long term answers to address these problems, it urges citizens to appreciate that self-help and lawlessness cannot offer a path to sustainable solution. It can only lead to greater pain as well as costly human and material losses and disruption of the already difficult task of devising responses that will produce tangible peace and development in the country.”

Aregbesola assured that the federal government is moving in quickly to 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.

The former Osun governor, therefore called on all the citizens in the country to continue to work together as brothers and sisters towards building a peaceful community that will be beneficial to all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and other forms of differences.