- The governor of Zamfara state, Matawalle, has reacted to the ethnic clash in Ibadan, Oyo state
- Matawalle who condemned the development urged President Buhari to take an urgent step to address the crisis
- The Zamfara state governor also advised his colleague in Oyo state, Makinde, to curtail the attack and make efforts to avoid reoccurrence
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has strongly condemned the ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Shasha community in Ibadan, the Oyo state.
The governor, according to his media aide, Zailani Bappa, sympathized with the victims of the attack, Daily Trust reported.
Governor Matawalle lamented that Nigeria is fast sliding backwards in terms of nationhood and unity while other countries are putting up united fronts.
Buhari should act now
The Zamfara state governor has also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive actions to stop the violence in the state.
He equally advised the president to take measures to end the ethnic profiling of the Fulanis in some parts of the country.
Makinde advised to take actions
Governor Matawalle also urged his counterpart in Oyo state, Governor Seyi Makinde, to take strong measures in curtailing the attacks and avoiding reoccurrence, Premium Times reported.
He said the nation is already battling with insurgency and banditry and cannot afford to add ethnic clashes to the security challenges.
What Nigerians are saying
Legit.ng curates some of the reactions of Nigerians to the statement made by Governor Matawalle over the ethnic crisis.
Freshetin Baba said on Facebook:
"We have been waiting for President Buhari to intervene and let see if he is going to call the military's to come and protect the aggressors. We are waiting."
Yahaya M. Kawu said:
"I condemn the killings of innocent northerners in some southern parts of Nigeria. All hands must be on deck to address these attacks. Northern politicians must address this as a matter of urgency. Silence is not the best answer. Is absolutely bad act."
Adam Ahmed Muhammad reacted:
"Is unfair how we Nigerians are killing our self, we have hatred for each other for no reasons, repent and stop all this nonsense"
Joe Ikang commented:
"As long as we refuse to call terrorists in form of herdsmen and bandits to order, there will be crises everywhere"
Mohammed Auwal asked Governor Matawalle:
"To intervene in what way, to negotiate with killers as you are doing with the killers in your state?"
Be proactive and learn from me, Fayose tells Makinde
Meanwhile, Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has also told Governor Makinde to take a centre stage and be more proactive in his handling of the Yoruba-Hausa crisis in the Shasha community.
Fayose described the ethnic tension in the community as unfortunate.
The former governor called for calm and collective efforts to fight the growing wave of insecurity in the country.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_