All Are Losers In War, Embrace Peace – Aregebesola Preaches
The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that Nigerians are unknowingly pushing Nigeria towards another civil war through hate speeches, wickedness and massive killings currently ongoing across the country. He made this statement at the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration and issued by his media aide, Mr. Sola Fasure, in Osogbo on Monday.
The governor who stated that the nation was lucky to come out of the first civil war however, stressed that Nigeria might not be as lucky as that if it plunges into another round of civil war.
In relation to the widespread killings across the country by the Fulani herdsmen, The governor called for caution, saying it has become necessary for every Nigerian to work harmoniously for the peace of the nation by avoiding anything that can lead to war.
He said, “Through carelessness, thoughtlessness, selfishness, wickedness and hate mongering, the country may unwittingly be pushing itself towards another war. War is a very bad business. It is costly, deadly and ruinous, even for a supposedly winner.”
“It is worse for the loser. Indeed, all are losers in a war. The resources, human and material, used to prosecute wars could have been used for the development of the people. The lesson of history is that nations and people emerged from wars weakened, devastated, poor and vulnerable.”
“The worst part is that though a nation’s decision to go to war or not may be easy before the outbreak of hostilities, it is more difficult and sometimes impossible to decide to stop a war; thus we have prolonged and sometimes an indeterminate war. This is the hard part.”
“We see the devastations of war in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon (and closer home) in Liberia and Sierra Leone. While some like Liberia and Sierra Leone are fortunate to put the war behind them, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq have found it difficult to stop their own wars.”
“Lebanon lost its Paradise and Pearl of the Middle East status to the United Arab Emirates. The mutual antagonism and distrust that the Nigerian Civil War bred are still with us.”
Aregbesola described peace as the foundation for economic and political development while also stressing that development cannot take place in a crisis situation.
He stated that Nigeria was placed in a strategic position so as to lead the African continent out of backwardness and crisis, adding the country could not afford to fail in discharging its responsibilities.
The governor, therefore, called on Nigerians, especially the youths, to break free from the culture of dependence on the free money from crude oil. He urged them to use their educational knowledge to solve problems facing humanity, saying that would be the way to make sustainable wealth because crude oil would soon lose its value.
He said, “In the interest of the black race, Nigeria must not just exist, it must be strong to be able to lead the continent to achieve its manifest destiny.”
“The greatest riches of the continent are domiciled in the Great Lakes Region comprising Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.”
“Nigeria should be strong and provide leadership with South Africa and the leaders of the region to be able to develop these riches for the development of the people of the continent and for Africa to be able to take her place in the world.”