OSEMA, NEMA, Donate Relief Materials to Victims of Ife Violence

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with its counterpart in the state, Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) having assessed the scene of the crisis at Sabo Area in Ile-Ife had made the donation of some relief materials
worth billions of naira to the affected victims.

The Zonal head of the operation of NEMA comprising Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun States, Mr. Akiode Saheed disclosed this while presenting the materials to the leader of Hausa Community, represented by Alhaji Malami Nasidi in Ile Ife.

Mr Akiode said that, the materials were brought as part of the quick intervention response so as to serve as succour to the affected victims.

He further stressed that, NEMA’s presence in Osun is also to
complement the effort of the giant stride of the amiable Governor of
Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola through the State Emergency Management Agency.

The South West Zonal Commander of NEMA, Mr Akiode and TPL Oluyemi Olarewaju (General Manager of OSEMA] both advised the resident of Ife to be more cordial in their human relations and avoid any
behaviour that can cause mayhem and confusion in the area.

Some of relief materials presented include: mats, mattresses, buckets, beverages, rice, vegetable oil, footwear, towels, clothing materials, toilet soap, mosquito nets, and lots more.

Niger Republic Lauds Aregbesola’s Swift Response to Ife Violence

The Niger Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mansour Hajj Daddo, has commended the swift intervention by the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in quelling the recent crisis which ensued at Sabo Ile-Ife.

Ambassador Daddo stated this through an envoy who paid a condolence visit to the Governor in Osogbo on Monday.

Speaking through the envoy which was led by Alhaji Saley Idrissa, the ambassador also commended the immediate assistance rendered to people who were affected by the fracas.

He said the actions of the governor will go a long way in assuring members of the Hausa community in Ile-Ife and other towns in Osun that the state is fully behind them and wants to continue to be the caring host which they have been over the years.

According to him “the Niger Ambassador to Nigeria has decided to send an envoy to Osun as a result of the ugly incident which occurred at Ife and to commend and appreciate the swift intervention of the Governor in the crisis.

“We really thank God that the state is blessed with a proactive governor like you at this time. We thank God that you are around at this time and your being around was actually felt.

“We have been briefed of your various forms of assistance by our people we saw. Your actions have reassured us of the fact that the people of this state are really accommodating and are still ready to continue to leave in peace and harmony with our people.”

The ambassador, who said that he was convinced that the fracas must have been aggravated by miscreants, stressed that the actions of the governor has gone a long way to reassure him that the perpetrators of the dastardly act won’t go unpunished.

He said his knowledge of the Yorubas over the years doesn’t portray them as hostile people.

“I am particularly touched by the testimonies of our people whom we have spoken to about the actions of Mr. Governor since this incident happened. The Governor has to huge extent, displayed a fatherly role in the matter through the various relief inputs he has made.

“The people of Niger Republic through the Ambassador are using this opportunity to thank Mr. Governor for coming to the aid of our people in this time of anguish and need.” he said.

In his response, Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said the state as a whole is highly touched and disappointed by the incident.

He said the world should not view what happened in Ile-Ife as a communal clash between the Hausas and Yorubas but a situation which hoodlums and miscreants took the opportunity of a simple altercation to wreck havoc on innocent residents of Sabo area in Ile-Ife.

The Governor said the harmonious relationship of the Hausas and Yorubas dates back years while expressing disappointment that the event of last week occurred.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed optimism that such occurence will never happen again said the experience will enable the state to develop a more robust capacity to nip similar cases in the bud.

He said, “I want to assure Nigerians that the State of Osun still remains the most peaceful and loving state in Nigeria. What happened last week at Ife was just the handiwork of some disoriented elements who took advantage of a minor argument to wreck havoc.

“We are pained because we know that this is not what the Yorubas are. Apart from the fact that the Yorubas are a peace loving set of people, they have been living peacefully with the Hausas at Sabo, Ile-Ife for ages without rancour.

“I want to assure you that the perpetrators of the devilish act will be apprehended, prosecuted and brought to justice as our government will not condone any form of lawlessness in our environment.

“I also want to use this medium to commend the efforts of our security operatives who were swift in responding to the distress call. Their actions really went a long way in curtailing the violence.”

Ile-Ife Clash: El-Rufai Warns Against Appeals For Revenge In Kaduna

Governor of Kaduna State Malam Nasir El-Rufai has warned the people of Kaduna State against any form of revenge due to the Hausa-Yoruba clash in Ile-Ife.

Following the clash, several videos and pictures has been posted online with the aim of steering the citizens of Kaduna State to avenge the killings in Ile-Ife Osun State.

His spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement on Monday in Kaduna that the governor stressed that anyone found appealing for revenge will be arrested and prosecuted.

“Already, the unfortunate incidents in that part of the country have been contained and taken care of, so the government would not watch enemies of peace capitalizing on the situation to cause problems in Kaduna State using images and videos calling for reprisals,” the Kaduna Security Council said.

“People circulating images and calling for reprisals are enemies of peaceful society, and all citizens must say no to them. The Security Council is determined to ensure that anyone or group of persons distributing images and videos calling for revenge are arrested and prosecuted.

“Citizens must support the government to ensure that every threat to law and order in the state is defeated.”