Chairman of South West Governors Forum and Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN ) and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Sunday visited Shasha market following the deadly fracas that engulfed the place.
In his statement, Gov Akeredolu said he came to Shasha on behalf of the South-west governors to plead to warring factions to sheate their swords.z
The governor said that this is not the time for Nigerians to fight one another, saying that we are one Nigeria, hence the need to continue to leave together as one.
“Concerning the issue on ground, we have come to beg you. We have been living together for a very long time and this is not the time to start fighting ourselves. So, let us consider that. There are some things that could be making us angry but don’t let us look at that because things cannot be like this forever,” he said.
The governor said, “I was reluctant to declare curfew here because I feel the economic wellbeing of everyone here is important, and because this is where you get what you use to feed yourselves. I will engage with your leaders this evening. One thing is, if you allow those who don’t have anything to lose here to blow this matter out of proportion, no one will be able to say where the crisis will end. By the grace of God, I pray we don’t lose any more lives.”
In the same vein, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday pleaded with all the aggreived persons to in the Shasa market Ibadan to give peace a chance.
The top monarch, made the appeal through his statement issued by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Adeola Oloko stated that
He “Many of our compatriots have been living with each other for a long time. We grow up and attend schools together. People from diverse ethnic groups do inter marry and give birth to lovely children.”
The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the clash between Yoruba and Hausa in Shasha community.
The clash led to the death of a cobbler, Sakirundeen Adeola, while properties worth several million were destroyed in its wake.