- Ayo Fayose has taken a swipe at Governor Seyi Makinde over the ethnic clash in Shasha community
- According to the ex-Ekiti governor, Makinde must be proactive and "borrow from our experience" in handling the violence
- Fayose and Makinde are not on the same page over the leadership and control of the southwest PDP
Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has told Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo to take a centre stage and be more proactive in his handling of the Yoruba-Hausa crisis in Shasha community of Akinyele local government area.
Speaking on Channels TV's Sunday Politics on Sunday, February 14, Fayose described the ethnic tension in the Shasha community as unfortunate.
The former governor called for calm and collective efforts to fight the growing wave of insecurity in the country.
It would be recalled that in a clash that trailed the farmer-herder crisis in Oyo state, aggrieved Hausa and Yoruba people on Saturday, February 13, attacked one another in a tragic uprising that led to wanton destruction.
Many shops, vehicles and goods worth millions were destroyed as the arsonists began to wield dangerous weapons on one another.
Commenting on the attacks, Fayose urged Governor Makinde not to sleep and treat the brewing ethnic crisis with a kid glove, adding that when the same incident happened in Ekiti, as a governor he solidly took charge.
"Governor Makinde needs to be more proactive, Oyo State is a big state. When a similar thing happened in Ekiti, I was there the same day, I took charge, in fact, I slept there. I have told GSM: Borrow from our experience, we are Generals in this thing."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in his position as the chairman of the Southwest Governors' Forum (SWGF), Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, dabbled into the mounting ethnic tension in Shasha community of Ibadan, Oyo state.
In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Governor Akeredou maintained that all hands must be on deck, warning that actions stoking ethnic tension in the southwest will not be condoned by the government.
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