The President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has blamed the recent clash between Hausa and Yoruba in Oyo State on alleged utterances by governors from the region.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa, Lawan, said that the public statements by the governors emboldened miscreants who thought they had political cover to carry out their atrocities (apparently referring to Yoruba activitist, Sunday Igboho).
Last week, a clash between Hausa and Yoruba in Shasa Market, Oyo State, led to the death 20 persons and destruction of properties.
According to Senator Lawan, the crises manifested leadership failure at different levels in the South-West.
“The failure is not that of the governors alone but they must take the greater part of the blame. Governors have the responsibility to protect all residents of their states.
“Utterances by some governors especially from those regions helped in encouraging some indigenes of those states who felt they had the backing of their leaders,” he said.
He noted that those who participated in the attacks must be fished out and made to law the law, saying that it was beyond compensating the victims.
“Its beyond just compensating the victims. Yes, it is important that compensations are paid but those who killed these people must be brought to book and punished.”
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.