The Kwara state government has resolved the lingering communal dispute between indigenes and non-indigenes in some Baruten communities.
The Kwara state government delegation, led by the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, sued for peace among the warring parties in the recent unrest in Chikanda, Baruten Local Government area of the state.
At a meeting held at Kosubosu, headquarters of Baruten Local Government and attended by the Okere of Saki and Ibà of Kisi, both from the neighbouring Oyo state as well as a delegation of the Baruba and Yoruba communities, Engr. Danladi-Salihu reiterated the commitment of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s led administration to sustainable peace, as lingering conflicts, if left unresolved, is capable of putting into shred the age-long mutual and cordial relationship between the communities of Kwara and Oyo states.
“We are here as Kwara state government delegate to talk peace and we are committed to doing everything possible to maintain and sustain the age-long peaceful and harmonious coexistence between our brothers and sisters of the Baruba and Yoruba extractions, with whom we’ve lived peacefully over the years”, said Rt. Hon. Engr. Danladi-Salihu in his opening remarks.
“I must commend the proactive measures taken by our Royal fathers; the Okere of Saki and the Ibà of Kisi to put the crisis under control, you have done wonderfully well as traditional leaders and I would like to urge you to keep playing the fatherly role of talking to our people to maintain and sustain the age-long friendly relationship we have among ourselves”.
The Speaker also acknowledged the support of the Emirs of Òkúta, Ilesha-Baruba, Yashikira, and Gwanara who also attended the meeting for their efforts towards maintaining peace in the land, urging them to keep talking to the people on the need to avoid war at all cost, saying that no price should be too much to pay for peace to reign.
The commissioner for local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Abdullahi Bata and the Baruten local government TIC Chairman, Hon. Rasheed Lafia also sued for peace and restate the openness of the Gov. AbdulRazaq led administration to sustaining the age long peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship between Kwara and Oyo states.
In their separate remarks, the Okere of Saki and Iba of Kisi, while assuring the Kwara state government to continue to ensure peaceful coexistence among people from the neighboring states applauded the swift response of the Kwara state government to putting the crisis under control.
At the end of the meeting in Kosubosu, the Speaker led the delegation to the scene of unrest where he sympathised with victims of the unfortunate unrest and further urged them to continue to embrace peace.
On the Kwara state Government delegation are Member representing Okuta/Yashikira constituency at Kwara Assembly- Hon. Mohammed Baba Salihu, the TIC Chairman, Baruten LG – Hon. Rasheed Lafia, among others.