Abuja - Senator, Bukola Saraki, has advocated for community-based conflict resolution mechanisms to prevent a recurrence of violence.
He stated this in Ilorin during a condolence visit to Mogaji Are (traditional ruler) of Ilorin, Alhaji Aremu Zubir, who was among the victims of the recent violent crisis in some parts of the town.
The violence claimed three lives and led to the destruction of property worth millions of Naira.
“We are surprised at the records of the unfortunate crisis in Ilorin, the town of peace and harmony. We are therefore using this medium to appeal to all our youths to always take their grievances to elders rather than taking laws into their hands. If we follow this method, we will have lesser crises among ourselves,” Saraki said.
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He lauded the state government for the swift action it had taken to address the mishaps.
“I have noticed some calmness and peace. We are very hopeful that such a thing will not occur again and the kind of atmosphere we are experiencing now is the wish of the people and that of the state government. I think on the basis of that, whatever needs to be done, either law or executive action, I am sure the state will do that. We will support anything that will ensure the sustainability of this level of peace and tranquility,” he said.
He said the level of violence perpetrated by the hoodlums was unacceptable.
“Our community is known for peace. We must continue to protect that image; that is the image we inherited from our forefathers. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure our children understand that Kwara State is a peace loving environment. We are not accustomed to violence. It is the responsibility of all parents, community and government to ensure peace,” Saraki said.
- CAJ News