Some northern governors alongside their Oyo State Governor counterpart, Seyi Makinde, have visited Shasha Market, situated in the Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, to assess the destruction at the scene of the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities.
The northern governors who visited the market on Tuesday are Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano State; Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Abubakar Sanni of Niger States.
They were accompanied by security agents as they went round the market to assess the level of damage done.
The delegation later met with the Seriki of Shasha, Haruna Maiyasin; and the Baale of Shasha to appeal to both sides to stop hostilities and forge a more formidable bond for peaceful coexistence.
Speaking after the meeting, Governor Makinde said the governor will remain closed if the residents and traders do not cooperate with his administration to resolve the crisis.
He urged the residents and traders to trust his government to handle the situation adequately.
He said: “They (the northern governors) just finished a meeting with the Seriki of Shasha and the Baale of Shasha. As a government you trust and elected into office, please trust our judgement to watch out for you and ensure that we co-exist peacefully.
“There is nothing we can do in an atmosphere of unrest and disharmony. Those who go to Iroko to continue trading, I will lock up the place.
“When you are all ready to cooperate, you will come to me. When you have agreed that there won’t be any more bloodshed here, you will come to me and then I will reopen the market. I beg you. We won’t lose any more lives.”
The visit comes a day after the four northern governors met with Governor Makinde at the Government House, Ibadan, the state capital, to discuss the strategies employed by his administration to maintain peaceful co-existence of all residents of Oyo State.
Oyo State has been on the edge in recent weeks following ethnic conflicts between Yorubas and Hausa/Fulanis in the state.
The clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders in Shasha last Friday led to the death of one person and many injured, while properties were destroyed and many persons in the area were displaced.
Before the Shasha crisis, there had also been an ethnic conflict in Igangan, situated in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.