Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said Nigeria must move fast to prevent the crisis in the North-East and other parts of the country from degenerating into another full-blown civil war.
He gave the wake-up call in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday to felicitate with the people of the state on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir.
Aregbesola decried the rising wave of violence and insurgency across the world, saying at no time was the world peace endangered like this in the history of mankind.
The governor used the occasion to call on all Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying doing this would be in the interest of the nation.
He said, “With the drums of war and violence resonating in all corners of the world, Nigeria must do everything humanly possible to douse the tension in the North-East and other parts before it escalates into full-blown war and spread to other parts of the country.
“No nation can isolate itself from the current global crises, including social, religious, political, economic and human which are daily staring us in the eyes.
“What we need as a matter of necessity is to have a clean break with the systems that have failed us or retarded our growth as a nation; rethink and chart a new course for our greatness.
“This is the fulcrum upon which President Muhammadu Buhari based his government. Nigerians in whatever capacity must identify with the new government and support it for the betterment of ourselves and the nation at large”.
Gov. Aregbesola urged Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to promote love and spread the message of peace to their neighbours and adherent of other religions.
“I call on Muslims in Osun and the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah to seize the opportunity of the Eid to reach out to peoples of different faiths with greetings and messages of love and peace.
“Without peace and love, no nation unites and no nation attains greatness in an atmosphere of disunity singing discordant tunes”, he added.