Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the clash between Hausa and Yoruba at Shasa Market in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Osinbajo who described the clash as “unfortunate” said that the popular Shasa market has been a symbol of unity for decades.
“For decades, traders from the North have done business with their brothers from the Southwest and they have lived in peace and even inter-married. Shasha represents unity,” Osinbajo said while speaking when he paid a condolence visit to late Lateef Jakande’s residence.
The VP warned against giving ethnic colouration to the crisis, saying; “a disagreement arising between individuals or when a criminal act is committed by one against the other we must ensure that we see it for what it is, a criminal act, which must be punished according to law. Not an ethnic conflict.
“I have heard about the unfortunate mayhem and the tragic loss of lives at the Shasha market in the past few days. Shasha market has been a melting pot for traders bringing foodstuff from the North to the Southwest for decades,” he added.
His position however differs from President Buhari’s. The President had in a statement through his aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, condemned the clash between Hausas and Yorubas, saying that he would not allow any ethnic group to stroke up hatred and violence against others.
“In a reaction to reports of breakout of violence in some parts of the country by some ethnic and sectional groups, President Buhari warned that the government will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups,” President Buhari stated.
Speaking further, the VP warned individuals against taking law into their hands, saying, he lauded the governor for “his swift and decisive action and all the law enforcement agencies for their prompt intervention.”
“Every Nigerian has a constitutional right to live, work and enjoy their lives in safety, peace under the law.
“It is the duty of government through the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute any person who commits a crime against a citizen of this nation. It is the role of the citizen to assist the police to identify the criminals.
“We must never take the law into our own hands, if we do, we will be promoting chaos, and a breakdown of law and order, and all of us especially the most vulnerable amongst us, will be at risk. I urge all community leaders to work together to preserve the brotherly co-existence that our people from different parts of the country have enjoyed in Shasha market for several decades.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.