Shasha Crisis : Seyi Makinde, Akeredolu Visit Affected Community, Say No To Violence - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, February 14, 2021

Shasha Crisis : Seyi Makinde, Akeredolu Visit Affected Community, Say No To Violence

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has appealed to residents of the crisis - ravaged Shasha community in Ibadan not to resort to self-help, as measures have been put in place to resolve the ethnic feud.

Makinde also pledged to compensate all residents who lost their shops, houses and goods to the violence that engulfed  Shasha area of Ibadan, the state capital on Friday.

Trouble started in Sasha, a commercial area of Ibadan on Thursday when a face-off ensued between a Yoruba and Hausa resident.

The Hausa man was conveying tomatoes in the market but while passing by the front of a pregnant woman’s shop, his tomatoes upturned and fell, leaving some splashes on the woman's space.

This drew the anger of the pregnant woman when the man picked up the good ones and left the spoilt ones on the ground.

The pregnant woman, however, insisted that he should pack the remaining tomatoes on the ground, but the man refused and in the heat of the arguement between the two, a shoemaker identified aa Sakirundeen Adeola stepped forward to sttle the matter.

In the course separating them, the Hausa man hit him and the impact of the blow sent him reeling to the ground and started foaming from his mouth.

The shoemaker was rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead later same Thursday.

And raving from the pains of loss of the shoemaker, some Yorubas staged a revenge on Friday and blocked the entry of truckload of tomatoes, driven by Hausas, into Sasha market. A fierce battle erupted. 

Several persons  sustained varying degrees of injury, vehicles vandalized while kioska, shops razed. Some  houses and various other structures destroyed.

But speaking  on Sunday when he visited the area in the company of his Ondo State counterpart,  Rotimi Akeredolu, Makinde promised to provide palliatives to those whose businesses were affected during the crisis.
He called on the warring parties to shun violence and embrace peace, cautioning them that resorting to self-help is not an option.

The governor added that all the culprits will be fished out and brought to book.

“You have been living together peacefully and all I am pleading to you is, no matter what is making anyone angry, we will solve it with patience.

“I was reluctant to declare curfew here, because I feel the economic wellbeing of everyone here is important, and because this is where you get what you use to feed yourselves. I will engage with your leaders this evening. One thing is, if you allow those who don’t have anything to lose here to blow this matter out of proportion, no one will be able to say where the crisis will end. By the grace of God, I pray we don’t lose any more lives.

“We must not lose any life needlessly anymore. What the government will do to ensure that those whose houses, shops were burnt, we will rebuild immediately. But please, I beg of you, let us stop fighting with ourselves. I can assure you that we will deal with the situation.

“We must continue to maintain the peace here. Those who are hoodlums here will be dealt with, but those who are law-abiding will be compensated for what they have lost.”

Also speaking, Akeredolu said he was in the state on behalf of all the south-west governors to appeal to the people to embrace peace.

He urged the people to think about their family members in other parts of the country and put an end to the crisis.

“I have come here on behalf of my colleagues in Ekiti, Lagos, Osun and Ogun. All of them have sent messages. Ogun has its own crisis it is battling with, so does Lagos. But as the chairman, I decided to come around to appeal to us.

“Though we are here in our fatherland, our own sons and daughters are in another person’s fatherland. So, let us think about this and continue to live in peace with one another. We don’t need to fight ourselves.

“We have security agencies that you can call their attention to any issue that could cause crisis. Let us not take the law into our hands," Akeredolu said.

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