Nervous on the violent conflict between Yoruba and Hausa Communities in Shasha, Ojoo Area of Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Sunday, visited the troubled area, appealing to the fighters to maintain calm.
The violent clash had reportedly led to the death of some residents, destruction of properties, and displacement of people within the area.
Governor Akeredolu who was led to the Shasha market by his Oyo State counterpart, Governor Seyi Makinde, under the auspices of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, pleaded with elders among the many Yoruba Community within the area to call the youth to order as efforts are being intensified by government to seek out lasting resolution to the avoidable violence which occurred last Friday.
Arakunrin Akeredolu who addressed the folks of the realm after assessing the wanton destruction of properties, begged them to permit peace to reign.
The Governor pleaded with the individuals to not take the law into their hands however permit the security agents and the Governor of the state to do their work by restoring peace to the community, assuring that every one contending points might be sorted out.
He stated regardless of the diploma of perceived injustice which may have been perpetrated in opposition to the individuals, they need to sheathe their swords and permit for dialogue and backbone of all contending points inside the provisions of the law.
Whereas noting that tension and charged ambiance wouldn’t profit anybody, Arakunrin Akeredolu requested the people to think about the previous and the peaceable coexistence that they’ve loved over a number of many years.
Governor Akeredolu stated: “We now have come to plead with you that regardless of how indignant, we must always not react violently. I do know many issues could get us offended, however as we all know, we have now been dwelling collectively for lengthy. Allow us to take into consideration the previous, allow us to think about our peaceable coexistence previously. Allow us to be calm.
“I’ve come on behalf of all southwest Governors, I urge you to be calm. Whereas thinking about us here, allow us to also know that we’re also everywhere. This is our fatherland, no doubt, however our people are also in another people’s fatherland. We should also think about them.
“Let us not take laws into our hands. The police are right here and they’re able to work now. Amotekun officers are right here for you. I’m not saying that for us as Governors that we’re excellent or the police are excellent. However we are able to’t take laws into our hands. Please, we all know it could be very provocative however I appeal for calm because we have families within the up North. Allow us to cooperate with our Governor, Seyi Makinde.
Governor Makinde who additionally appealed for calm stated that self-help cannot resolve the problems, adding that there was no need for needless death within the area any longer.