- Some state governors have been credited with sustained efforts to restore peace in Oyo state
- The state recently witnessed ethnic clashes by Hausa-Fulani traders and some indigenes
- A former minister has revealed how the situation was prevented from escalating by the Oyo state governor and some of his colleagues
Former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has revealed how another violence was averted in Oyo state.
According to Fani-Kayode, the prompt intervention of the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde and some of his colleagues in northern Nigeria saved the day.
Fani-Kayode made the revelation in a tweet on Tuesday, February 16.
“Had it not been for the visit of the four northern governors and the remarkable efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde and his team who were up all night monitoring the situation, appealing to the warring communities, and disarming angry youths all hell would have been let loose in Bodija today.”
The former minister, however, failed to provide more information on what the state chief executives did to prevent further crisis.
On Sunday, February 14, Fani-Kayode had shared a picture with Governor Makinde and wrote:
“With my friend and brother Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state. Spending time with him and having discussions about crucial national issues is always a pleasure and a joy. Oyo state is in very good hands indeed and I am very proud of him and all his efforts.”
Meanwhile, following the crisis in some parts of Oyo state recently, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has assured communities in the country that their cries for justice will be addressed by the federal government.
The vice president made the comment on Tuesday, February 9 after revalidating his All Progressives Congress (APC) membership status in ward one Ikenne in his home state of Ogun.
“We must resist any attempt to destroy the unity of this country. Our people have lived and worked together for decades, even centuries.
“While we must attend to the cries of communities, and the cries of our people for justice, equity, and fairness, we can do so within this same union. Ultimately we are stronger together than apart.”
In a related development, the House of Representatives has asked the police and other intelligence agencies to unravel the plot behind the recent ethnic violence in Shasha community of Akinyele local government area in Oyo state.
The lower house mandated security agencies to prosecute and penalise the offenders with immediate effect.
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.