Oyo to Compensate Victims of Shasha Ethnic Clash
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Victims of the ethnic clash at the Shasha Market in Ibadan, Oyo State have been promised compensation by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The Governor was at the community on Sunday to have talks with the warring groups as well as their leaders. He was accompanied by his Ondo State counterpart, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, who was there on behalf of the South West Governors.
During the visit, Mr Makinde appealed for calm and peaceful coexistence between the Hausa community and their Yoruba hosts, urging them not to take laws into their hands.
“Please, I want you to listen to me clearly. You cannot resort to self-help to solve the issue on 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 wellbeing 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.
“We must not lose any life needlessly anymore. What the government will do to ensure that those whose houses, shops were burnt, we will rebuild immediately.
“But please, I beg of you, let us stop fighting with ourselves. I can assure you that we will deal with the situation.
“We must continue to maintain the peace here. Those who are hoodlums here will be dealt with but those who are law-abiding will be compensated for what they have lost,” he said.
On his part, the Governor of Ondo State said all the aggrieved parties must stop fighting and allow peace to reign, noting that “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.
“Though we are here in our fatherland, our own sons and daughters are in another person’s fatherland. So, let us think about this and continue to live in peace with one another. We don’t need to fight ourselves.
“We have security agencies that you can call their attention to any issue that could cause a crisis. Let us not take the law into our hands. I have a brother in Abuja and others living in Hausaland.”
He urged residents to cooperate with the governor of Oyo State and not to take laws into their hands.