Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have paid a visit to Shasha community in Ibadan, Oyo State where an ethnic conflict late last week left about three persons dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.
During the visit, the two governors met with the leaders of the Yoruba and Hausa communities and appealed to them to let peace reign.
Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, in a statement quoted the Oyo State helmsman to have told the leaders:
“Please, 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 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.”