- The Nigeria First group has warned against the growing crisis between different ethnic groups in Oyo state
- Nigeria First said there is a need for an encouraging understanding between Nigerians of various ethnicity and religion
- According to the group, those causing crisis in Oyo state are foreigners
A group, Nigeria First movement on Tuesday, February 16 called for a better understanding among Nigerians of different ethnic groups.
The group’s call was in response to the crisis and tension in some parts of Oyo state where some Nigerians appear to be targeted, attacked and even killed over their ethnicity.
In a statement signed by its president, Philip Agbese, and seen by Legit.ng, the Nigeria First said such ugly development must not be allowed to continue.
Agbese warned that it must be taken into account that those behind the criminalities that culminated into ethnic strife may not even be Nigerians.
He called on Yorubas and Fulanis across the country to immediately cease all hostilities to allow authorities to get to the root of the mayhem that has caused the loss of lives and properties.
Also calling for peace, Agbese encouraged all relevant stakeholders in the country to join forces to put an end to the growing spate of ethnic tension.
He said that those stoking the fire of ethnic violence must learn to have a rethink and desist from every activity that could jeopardise the peace and unity of Nigeria.
Agbese urged all traditional and religious leaders in Oyo state and their counterparts across the country to wade into the matter as peacemakers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that northern governors have visited Oyo state following the crisis that erupted at the Shasha Market in Ibadan.
The governors visited the Oyo State Government House where they had a closed-door meeting with their colleague, Seyi Makinde.
Also, the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had written a letter to Governor Makinde over the growing tension between Yorubas and Fulani’s in Oyo state.
Tambuwal in his letter warned that the crisis if not well managed could snowball into a fratricidal conflict.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.