Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has condemned the violence on a northern community in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Seyi Makinde to put a stop to the senseless and merciless attack in the state.
Recall that three people were reportedly killed in a clash between Hausa speaking people and the Yorubas at Shasha Market.
It was learnt that the disturbing event led to the destruction of shops and properties by hoodlums who took advantage of the clash. It was reported that residents were forced to flee the troubled area around 5:30 pm.
Some lucky residents were said to have hurriedly picked a few clothes with them as they were unsure whether the violence would not escalate. Confirming the report to newsmen, police operatives revealed that one person died in the attack, contrary to the claims by traders.
Speaking on Sunday during a visit to Oyo State, Governor Matawalle called on Buhari to take decisive action on the spate of violence gripping some south-western states and which is gradually turning into criminality.
The governor’s visit was contained in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Gusau by his Special Adviser on media and public enlightenment, Hon. Zailani Bappa.
He said: “It is inexcusable that at this stage of our journey as a nation, we are yet to come to terms with the fact that God has made it destiny for us to live as one people. It is unfortunate that while our counterparts elsewhere are fusing up from particularity to generality as a people, we are fast sliding backwards from the semblance of generality to particularity as a people.”
“I also urge my colleague, the Governor of Oyo State to take concrete steps in curtailing the ongoing senseless and merciless attacks and ensure that such happenings do not occur again. We are battling with insurgency and banditry as a nation and are supposed be law-abiding citizens unleashing mayhem on innocent citizens to compound the spate of insecurity in the country”
“We must eschew primitive hatred against one another and learn to live with ourselves as one people. Our common enemy is not among those we live in the same community, buy and sell from one another, but those who take up arms against us in the name of banditry and insurgency”