Ahmad Lavan accuses Southwest governors of murders at Shash market in Ibarap
Senate President Ahmad Lavan says controversial statements by some governors in the southwest are responsible for the murders at Sasha’s market in Ibadan, Oyo state, and other acts of violence against northerners in the region.
The crisis erupted on February 18 in Shah after an altercation between a pregnant Yoruba woman and a Hausa businessman.
After development, many were killed and many houses were burned, leaving thousands of Hausa residents homeless.
Speaking to the BBC Hausa Service, Laban explained the violence with the latest call for the eviction of Fulani pastoralists from the southwestern states.
“Leadership failures in the region caused what happened in Oyo State and other things that continued to happen in the southwestern states,” He said.
“Even some of the statements of some governors have largely prompted citizens to take up arms against other ethnic groups that settle in their states.
“Governors’ statements prompted criminals to unleash violence against the northerners.”
Rotimi Aqueredolu, Governor of Ondo State, last month issued a seven-day waiver notice to Fulani shepherds who illegally worked in the state’s forest reserves.
In addition to expelling shepherds, the governor also banned grazing of children, grazing at night, and moving livestock in cities and on highways.
The issue sparked an outcry, and after meeting with various stakeholders, Akeredolu asked herders to register with the government to manage the forest reserves without hindrance.
Source: – Sahara Reporter.