The National President of Offa Descendants Union (O.D.U.), Dr. Funsho Rabiu Oladipo, on behalf of the O.D.U National Excutive Council, has called on all sons and daughters of Offa to be good Ambassadors of peace and tranquillity on boundary issue with our neighbour as the situation is strictly between the State Government and the two community leaders.
The National President advised that peace is the climate of freedom and it can only be attained through deep understanding, mutual respect and intellectual diplomacy, NOT through unguarded utterances, inflammatory, abusive or derogatory comments about our neighbours on social media platforms.
Dr. Oladipo reiterated that we belong to the same human race and we should rise above primordial sentiments. Adding that believing in the brotherhood of man and the humanity of our fellow beings is great wisdom.
In a related development, His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdul-Fattah Ahmed, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr Muyideen Akorede, urged the people of both communities to refrain from publishing or otherwise circulating unauthorized interpretations of the said judgement as the state government is employing dialogue as a means of finding an amicable and sustainable solution to the dispute.
Dr. Oladipo hereby reassured our neighbours that we shall always remain strategic partners, friends and peaceful neighbours at all time.
Maruf Olalekan Ajenifuja
For: O.D.U. National Headquarters
APPEAL FOR RESTRAINT.
Dear sons and daughters of Offa.
You are all aware of the highly charged atmosphere. A little spark will ignite a wildfire if care is not taken. I know for sure that we are lovers of peace.
Let us stop posting abraisive, inflammatory, abusive or derogatory comments about our neighbours on social media platforms. We must endeavour to pursue peace. Peace comes at a cost. We’re more than able to achieve peace. We stand to gain by living in peace and tranquillity with our neighbours. Remember we have more to lose by having conflicts with our neighbours. Let us rise above innuendos. We’re a people who are genetically coded for success in life. This should preoccupy us, ie becoming a success and thereby moving our beloved town to the next level. We must eschew violence that that’s born by evil of social media.
Let it be known by all and sundry that Offa is a domain of peace loving people.
Together we shall move Offa to greater heights.
Dr Funsho Oladipo
APPEAL FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONEERING CAMPAIGN
The attention of the ODU National Executive Council has been drawn to the needless vandalization of billboards in Offa belonging to different political parties.
This action is not only provocative and destructive but also capable of planting seeds of discord in the minds of our people and raising the political temperature in Offa.
The ODU National Executive Council strongly appeals to all political players to shun unethical behaviours capable of pushing our town to the edge of the slope as we have many sensitive issues to content with at present.
While strategic dialogue at high level with political leaders are on course, let us all live peacefully together as brothers as political violence is not our stock in trade in Offa.
Alale Offa a gbe wa oo.
Maruf Olalekan Ajenifuja
For: ODU National Executive Council.