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Youths barred Makinde and Akeredolu from visiting Hausa leader in Shasa until they visit Ba’ale, the Yoruba leader of Shasa

Governors Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu on a visit to Shasa area of Ibadan, Oyo State

Youths in Shasa village, the community where Shasa market is located, on Sunday barred the Governors of Oyo and Ondo States, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu, from entering the palace of Sarkin Hausa, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, until he visits the Ba’ale of Shasa.

The governors had earlier visited the market where the clash between Hausa and Yoruba occured, to assess the extent of the damage.

The governors sued for calm and appealed to the residents to live together in harmony.

When they however went to visit the Sarkin Shasa, the youths in the community refused, saying they must visit Ba’ale’s palace first.

The Oyo State Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko, tried everything she could to pacify the youths, but they refused, chanting, “We won’t agree until you visit Ba’ale’s palace first.”

The governors had to bow to pressure and accepted the demand of the youths.

Governors Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu on a visit to Shasa area of Ibadan, Oyo State

Governor Makinde in his statement had promised to give palliatives to those whose wares were affected in the crisis.

“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 rebuilt 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.”

Also, Governor Akeredolu said that he was in Oyo State as the Chairman of the South-West Governors.

“Concerning the issue on ground, we have come to beg you. We have been living together for a very long time and this is not the time to start fighting ourselves. So, let us consider that. There are some things that could be making us angry but don’t let us look at that because things cannot be like this forever

“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 crisis. Let us not take law into our hands. I have a brother in Abuja and others living in Hausaland.”

“Also, let us cooperate with the governor here. If there are things we have done wrong, forgive us.”

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