- NGF has called on Nigerians to jettison tribal crisis and embrace peace in the spirit of oneness
- A popular market in Ibadan, Shasha was burnt down by some hoodlums and property worth millions of naira destroyed
- The governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Bagudu, who led a delegate to the scene of the incident, said that normalcy has been restored to Ibadan
Following the crisis that erupted at Shasha market in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), has pledged to help rebuild the market after it was burnt down.
Legit.ng gathered that Bagudu, who was joined by his colleagues from Zamfara, Kano, and Niger states, however, noted that contrary to the pictures being circulated on social media, calm had been restored in the city.
The governor also commended, Seyi Makinde, the Oyo state governor, for what was described as his efforts in restoring peace and normalcy to the community.
He was quoted to have said:
“We, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, are going to support. As a matter of fact, we have given a token to those who are already displaced, and we will meet at a wider table tomorrow and can assure that more support will be mobilized."
Governor Makinde, who led Governors Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano; Bello Muhammad Matawalle, Zamfara; and Abubakar Sanni Bello, Niger, to Shasha community, said that his government would continue to look for avenues to restore peaceful co-existence.
Speaking at the palaces of Seriki Shasha and Baale Shasha, the governor called for calm and unity among the Hausas and Yorubas living in the community, urging everyone to join hands with the administration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a group, Nigeria First movement, on Tuesday, February 16, called for a better understanding among Nigerians of different ethnic groups.
It was reported that the group’s call was in response to the crisis and tension in some parts of Oyo state where some Nigerians appeared to be targeted, attacked and even killed over their ethnicity.
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