President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders in Shasha community in Ibadan, Oyo 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 last Friday.
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.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari warned Nigerians against stoking violence through ethnic hatred, adding that his government will deal decisively with perpetrators of such act.
He said his administration is committed to ensuring the security of all Nigerians, irrespective of religious affiliation or ethnicity.
According to Buhari, governors, religious leaders, traditional rulers, among others, should endeavour to promote peaceful coexistence in their communities.
“Our government will protect all religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria, whether majority or minority, in line with our responsibility under the constitution,” Buhari said.
“We will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke hatred and violence against other groups.
“I appeal to religious and traditional leaders, as well as Governors and other elected leaders across the country, to join hands with the Federal Government to ensure that communities in their domain are not splintered along ethnic and other primordial lines.”