The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has condemned the violent clash between some Yoruba and Hausa traders in Shasha market, Ibadan, Oyo State capital at the weekend.
The violent clash had reportedly led to the death of some residents, destruction of properties and displacement of people in the area.
Fayemi in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, called on the warring traders to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.
He sympathised with the government and people of Oyo State, especially families that have lost lives and properties during the violent clash.
He also commended Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for taking immediate steps in arresting the carnage, including the declaration of curfew.
Governor Fayemi said regardless of the cause of the disagreement that led to the mayhem, a peaceful resolution of the conflict remains the best option.
He urged the Yoruba and Hausa traders in the area and in different parts of the country to see themselves as brothers and partners in progress, adding that disagreements should not always be allowed to degenerate into violence, maiming and killing.
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, warned that the Shasha crisis, if not curtailed, could ignite pockets of crises in different parts of the country, adding that that could be disastrous for the country.
“We do not need any act of violence leading to unnecessary death of citizens. Now is the time for the leadership of various ethnic nationalities, trading groups and the security agencies to halt the orgy of violence in the Shasha area and work towards ensuring peace in different parts of the country.
“We will enjoy enduring peace and progress through dialogue, mutual respect and understanding for one another. Violence and attendant death and destruction would only spell doom for the country.
“While commending Governor Makinde for his timely intervention in the crisis, we also express our sympathy to families of the victims as well as those who have lost properties and businesses during the crisis” Fayemi added.
Meanwhile Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged the residents of Oyo State, particularly the Yoruba people in Shasha area of Ibadan, the state capital against taking laws into their hands as a result of provocation.
Governor Akeredolu, who doubles as the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, spoke on Saturday on the violent clash in the Shasha community, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
In a statement which he personally signed and made available to journalists, the governor reminded the people of value of the high moral standards for which Yoruba is known, saying, “We note with deep concern the most avoidable orgy of violence in Shasha, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.”
“As governor of Ondo State who doubles as the chairman, Governors’ Forum in the South-West, it becomes very compelling for me to address all residents, in particular, the Yoruba speaking people of our dear region as regards recent happenings bordering on security.”
Without doubt, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is most despicable and contends violently against and abhorrently at variance with the value and hospitality for which our people are known.”
“We have been known for thoroughness. We have identified with legality for centuries; and our ethos as a civilized breed of people are such that we do not identify with lawlessness, not even illegality.”
“In this regard, we urge all indigenes of the South-West to sustain these values and enviable virtues by remaining law abiding. Our resolve in this direction is not a sign of weakness, it is indeed, the strongest of all.”
“In particular, while I understand the height of provocation in the light of recent happenings as regards Shasha, Ibadan. I, alongside my other brother governors in the region are against willful appropriation of laws into hands. We do not support violence and in particular, brigandage, jungle justice and unnecessary self help.”
“We note with delight the efforts of our brother governor, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who has taken bold step to stave off further escalation of the violence by imposing curfew in the affected areas”
“He deserves every support in his avowed commitment towards peace and security in Oyo State. We shall all survive these times and live peacefully once again in our land.” Akeredolu concluded.