- Governor Aminu Tambuwal has condemned the ethnic clashes at Shasha community
- The Sokoto governor warned that if not properly managed, the crisis may degenerate into "fratricidal conflict"
- Tambuwal also commended his Oyo state counterpart Seyi Makinde for his response to the crisis
Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, has raised an eyebrow at the ethnic violence in Shasha area of Akinyele local government in Oyo state.
The governor, who spoke via a statement on Sunday, February 14, warned that such an inter-ethnic conflict can degenerate into civil war if not quickly addressed, This Day reports.
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 at the Shasha market as the arsonists began to wield dangerous weapons on one another.
Tambuwal said he has been in "constant touch" with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, adding that bloodletting will not be allowed.
He further maintained that the wanton killings of one another amidst the ongoing national security challenge will lead to "unwarranted reprisal."
“We are all living witness to the blood letting that has led to the loss of several lives a couple of hours ago after a clash ensued when a cobbler was fatally stabbed by a cart pusher in Sasha market, Ibadan, Oyo State.
“The unwarranted reprisal that followed has thus far degenerated into an ethnic conflict with a potential of snowbal'ling into another fratricidal conflict if it is not quickly nipped in the bud."
Meanwhile, Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has told Governor Makinde 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.
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