Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday condemned the ethnic clash at Shasha in Ibadan, Oyo State describing it as unfortunate.
Osinbajo said the popular Shasha market has been a symbol of unity for decades.
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Speaking in Lagos when he paid a condolence visit to late Lateef Jakande’s residence at Ilupeju, the VP said, “For decades, traders from the North have done business with their brothers from the Southwest and they have lived in peace and even inter-married. Shasha represents unity.”
Osinbajo warned against giving ethnic colouration to the crisis, saying “A disagreement arising between individuals or when a criminal act is committed by one against the other we must ensure that we see it for what it is, a criminal act, which must be punished according to law. Not an ethnic conflict.
“I have heard about the unfortunate mayhem and the tragic loss of lives at the Shasha market in the past few days. Shasha market has been a melting pot for traders bringing foodstuff from the North to the Southwest for decades,” he added.
Osinbajo also warned individuals against taking the law into their hands, saying, “Every Nigerian has a constitutional right to live, work and enjoy their lives in safety, peace under the law.
“It is the duty of government through the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute any person who commits a crime against a citizen of this nation. It is the role of the citizen to assist the police to identify the criminals.
“We must never take the law into our own hands, if we do, we will be promoting chaos, and a breakdown of law and order, and all of us especially the most vulnerable amongst us, will be at risk. I urge all community leaders to work together to preserve the brotherly co-existence that our people from different parts of the country have enjoyed in Shasha market for several decades.”
The VP however lauded the governor for “his swift and decisive action and all the law enforcement agencies for their prompt intervention.”