By Amidu Arije
In efforts at bringing everlasting peace to the community after the #ENDSARS protest turned bloody in Lagos State last week which resulted in setting ablaze of Makinde Police Station as part of many other public places and facilities touched by the hoodlums who hijacked the protest, Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Hon Bolaji Muse-Ariyoh has sued for peace in the council and across the state.
Ariyoh who lead other officials of the council to the palace of Elewu of Ewu kingdom, Oba Shakirudeen Kuti on Monday said only through peaceful coexistence that growth and development can be achieved in the society.
He urged the monarch to use his good office and other community leaders to use their offices to preach peace to their subjects at all times as it is through it that meaningful progress and development can be achieved.
Ariyoh said, “peace is inevitable and remains sacrosanct if growth and development must be seen within the community.
“It is so painful that Oshodi community also had it own part of the wanton destruction that occurred in the state with lives lost and property destroyed due to failure to give enduring peace a chance in the face of provocation which was responsible for the razed down of Makinde Police Station with many vehicles burnt and lives lost.
“Kabiyeisi, the local government have visited the police station for an on-spot assessment of destruction that took place which is so sad while the victim’s family were also visited to commiserate with them in this trying moment of our lives as a state and community at large.”
The council helmsman reiterated his commitment at ensuring peace and normalcy return to the council as he said his administration will support the affected in the incident.
Oba Kuti appreciated the council chairman and his executive members for the uncommon leadership dexterity put in place in taming the crisis which prevented further escalation.
The monarch called for strengthening of the security architecture in the country and ensure the police reforms promised by the federal government is actualised in time.
Oba Kuti frowned at the desecration of the stool and attacks on the Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos by hoodlums.
He said that the action demonstrated by the hoodlums on the attack on the royal stool is barbaric and acts of disrespect for the traditional institution which must be outrightly condemned.
He further implored the grassroots government to keep identifying with the challenges of the community through which the issue of community unrest can also be tamed.
Hon. Idris Bolaji Muse Ariyoh appreciated the monarch for his relentless efforts and support in ensuring that peace reigns within the council.
On the visit to the monarch’s palace is the Vice-Chairman, Hon.Daisi Oso, Hon.Abiola Oladipupo SLG, Hon.Rasheed Obasa, leader of the House, Super for Youth and Sports, Hon.Saheed Animashaun and super for Environment Hon.Yusuf Adesanya