In the aftermath of the clash between Yoruba and Hausa people in Ibadan, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has severely warned that his government will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups in the country.
Buhari made it clear that his government will protect all religious and ethnic groups, whether majority or minority in line with its responsibility under the constitution.
Garba Shehu, his Spokesman, in a statement on Sunday said that the President was reacting to reports of violence in some parts of the country by ethnic and sectional groups.
“The President condemned such violence and gave assurance that his government will act decisively to stop the spread of any such violence,” the statement added.
He further appealed to religious and traditional leaders, as well as governors and other elected leaders across the country to join hands with the Federal Government to ensure that communities in their domain were not splintered along ethnic and other primordial lines.
Recall that violent crises broke out at Shasha Market in Ibadan following disagreement between a Yoruba man and an Hausa resident on Thursday, leading to the death of many people.
Unfortunately, the closure of the market could not stop the violence between the two major tribes.