Walk-To-Live: No Alternative To Communal Peace – Aregbesola
As the train of another edition of “Walk-To-Live”, the state monthly physical exercise, hit Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency last Saturday, governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has urged the people in the state to continue promoting peace and harmony in the state.
The 5.6 kilometre road work kicked-off from Ikoyi Junction, along Ife-Ibadan Expressway, Apomu District Council Grammar School, Apomu, headquarters of Isokan Local Government Council Area of the state.
The governor, who arrived the junction at exactly 9.15am was welcomed by a large crowd of chieftains and supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC), traditional rulers, youths and market women.
In the entourage of the governor were wife of the governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, the deputy governor, Otunba (Mrs) Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, the state deputy speaker, Honourable Akintunde Adegboye, the State Chief Judge, Justice (Mrs) Adepele Ojo, member, House of Representatives from the constituency, Honourable Ayo Omidiran, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti among others.
Aregbesola, who wore a white sport attire and fez cap, could not hide his joy, as he kept dancing in the midst of the crowd, while waving at those standing by the roadside to have a glance of the governor.
Addressing a large crowd of people at Apomu District Council Grammar School, Apomu, Aregbesola said one of the major objectives of the monthly exercise, apart from healthy living, is to create spirit of oneness among the people of the state.
He added that there is no alternative to peace, which is the sixth part of his administration’s Integral Action Plans during his electioneering campaign.
The governor noted that his administration, as a matter of priority, will do everything humanly possible to ensure communal peace, while urging the communities, who have differences to resolve them through dialogue. He said; “there is no basis for any community or group of people to be fighting each other. The world has moved away from that. Instead, we have to harmonise our strength and chart a better course for the state.
“Why do we have to wage war, when dialogue will be the end of the war. If there are differences or disagreement, the best is to dialogue and peacefully resolve whatever differences and save the lives and property of our people,” Aregbesola said.
The governor, while appreciating the people for the massive turn-out for the exercise, said it is now clear that the people now have better understanding of regular physical exercise to sustain a good health.
“Health is wealth. A sick human beings will not ask for cloth or what is even happening in the society, his mind and soul will only be eager to recover from the sickness, which is more reason why all of us have to choose our health as first priority.”
He therefore, urged the people to always clean their environment to avoid diseases associated with environmental pollution and also encouraged them to plant and grow trees in their surroundings.
In his welcome address, Special Adviser to the Governor on Youths, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, while commending the people for their support for the exercise, said the administration will continue to promote healthy living in the state.
Also speaking, member, State House of Assembly representing Irewole/Isokan, Honourable Manruf Ajibola, said the transformational programme of the governor in the area are unprecedented, assuring that the people of the area will continue to support the governor.