Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and his Ondo State counterpart , Rotimi Akeredolu , on Sunday visited the crisis -ridden Shasha community in Ibadan , the Oyo State capital.
During the visit, the governors appealed for calm and peaceful coexistence between the Hausa community and their Yoruba hosts .
Recall that suspected members of Yoruba and Hausa communities in Shasha had clashed on Friday , leading to the death of a cobbler identified as Sakirudeen Adeola , and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira .
Addressing 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 .
Makinde 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 .
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 .”
In his remarks, Akeredolu , who said he was in Oyo State on behalf of the South -West governors, urged every aggrieved party to allow peace to reign.
“ 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 .