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Communal Crisis Offa, Erin-Ile end rift through football

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament tagged,  Maigida Unity Cup, was put together by Ladorb Peace Initiative.

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Offa, Erin-Ile end rift through football play

Offa, Erin-Ile end rift through football

(sunnewsonline)

Members of the  two warring communities of  Offa and Erin-Ile in Kwara  trooped out  on Sunday  to embrace peace at a football  tournament  put in place to promote  unity in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament tagged,  Maigida Unity Cup, was put together by Ladorb Peace Initiative.

At the end of the tournament, Offa-Erin-Ile United defeated  Team Ibolo,  a selected side made up of  all  Ibolo communities in the state 4-2 on penalties after a one all-draw at  regulation time.

The Olofa of Offa,  Oba Muftau Gbadamosi,  and the Elerin of Erin-Ile,  Oba Abdulganiyu  Olusokun, appealed to the people of Offa and Erin-Ile to live together in harmony.

Both monarchs said the era of crisis between Offa and Erin-Ile was  over, urging residents of both communities to embrace peace.

Gbadamosi specifically urged people in both communities   to lay claim to wherever they find themselves in the area.

God created us together, He did not make the mistake to put us side by side.

“We must learn to live together peacefully because no meaningful transformation can  take place in communities where there is crisis.

“Enough is enough, we want to go back to why God created us.

“When an Erin-Ile man or woman is in Offa, he or she should not lay claim to Erin-Ile but Offa;  likewise  an Offa man or woman in Erin-Ile should lay claim to that community, ” Gbadamosi said.

His Erin-Ile counterpart, Olusokun,   said both  communities would  continue to pray for  sustainable peace.

According to him,  the competition is  to bring the youths  together and remind them of how important a  peaceful environment is.

“The youths  are the instrument they use  to promote  breakdown of  law and order, we must remind them of the need for peace at all times.

“We need to continue to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship, we hope today’s event can finally bring us everlasting peace, ” Olusokun said.

The initiator of the tournament, Umar Balogun, said the need to promote lasting peace informed  the competition.

Balogun also explained that the tournament was to bring the youths  together and discourage them  from  resorting to self help through violence.

We are not here to compete but to unite,"said Balogun,  who added that the  competition would  now be an annual event.

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