Akeredolu, Makinde preach peace as they meet Ibadan market warring parties

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and Oyo State colleague, Seyi Makinde on Sunday visited the troubled Shasha community in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

At the visit, the governors pleaded for calm and peaceful coexistence between the Hausa community and the Yoruba people who are the hosts.

Recall that the clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities started few days ago and has led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

In their addressing to the people at the Shasha market and the palace of the Baale Shasha, Akeredolu and Makinde urged the residents to stop taking laws into their hands.

The Oyo State Governor specifically promised to give palliatives to those whose wares were destroyed during the crisis, saying that the two factions should eschew violence and allow peace to reign.

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While promising to rebuild burnt properties, the governor said, “Please, I want you to listen to me clearly. You cannot resort to self-help to solve the issue on the ground. All of you who are here are doing business with one another in one way or the other.

“The last time I came here, about six weeks ago, some shops belonging to Hausa and Yoruba people got burnt. So, you have been living together peacefully and all I am pleading to you is, no matter what is making anyone angry, we will solve it with patience.

“I was reluctant to declare curfew here because I feel the economic well being 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.”

Akeredolu in speech disclosed that he was in Oyo State on behalf of the South-West governors, and urged every aggrieved party to allow peace to reign.

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“I have come here on behalf of my colleagues in Ekiti, Lagos, Osun and Ogun. All of them have sent messages. Ogun has its own crisis it is battling with, so does Lagos. But as the chairman, I decided to come around to appeal to us.

“We have security agencies that you can call their attention to any issue that could cause crisis. Let us not take law into our hands. I have a brother in Abuja and others living in Hausaland,” he said.

Recall that the crises did not only stop at the destruction of properties worth millions of naira, but some people were also killed.

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