Kwara State government has called on the people of Share and Tsaragi communities to embrace peace to ensure prosperity and development of the areas.
The state deputy governor, Mr. Peter Kisira made the call yesterday during an assessment visit to the two communities and their traditional rulers.
NAN recalls that the people of Share and Tsaragi resumed communal feud last week Monday in spite of a curfew imposed by the state government.
Kisira, who led some members of the State Executive and Security Councils to the communities, expressed sympathy for the people over their losses.
He stressed the need for peace and understanding among the people of the communities and promised that the government would address the problems toward finding a lasting solution.
Kisira, however, warned that “anyone found with illegal arms and ammunition or disrupting peace and public order in both communities will be dealt with in line with the laws of the land.”
He explained that no development and progress could take place in any crisis prone area and urged the communities to cooperate with the security agencies so that normalcy could return to the areas.
Kisira commended the two traditional rulers for their timely intervention that prevented further escalation of the crisis.
He urged them to continue cooperate with one another and to unite their people.
The deputy governor described the development as sad and disturbing and prayed that such incident would not repeat itself.
Responding in his palace, the Etsu Tsaragi, Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi Ndakpoatwa described the crisis as sad and unfortunate in view of government’s effort and determination to ensure the development of the areas.
The Etsu Tsaragi called on government to forgive the two communities for their actions.
In his palace, the Olupako of Share, Alhaji Abubakar Garba Bolatito thanked the government for the timely intervention.
The Olupako, whose message was delivered by the president of Share Descendants Union, Prof. Suleiman Jamiu, noted that the two communities had lived together and shared things in common.
Conducting the deputy governor and his entourage round the affected area, the chairman of Ifelodun Local Government, Alhaji Babatunde Salami, said over 35 houses, excluding churches and mosques were burnt.
Babatunde disclosed that only one person was killed and another hospitalised following a gunshot injury he sustained.
The chairman of Edu Local Government, Alhaji Alfa Shonga thanked the government for the visit.
Edu said that the two traditional rulers had appealed to their subjects on the need to embrace peace.
The deputy governor was accompanied on the visit by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, members of the State Executive and Security councils, among others.

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