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Lawan’s statement on Shasha crisis ‘got YCE talking.’

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The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has berated the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for accusing South-West governors and leaders as responsible for ethnic crisis and killings in the region.

But reacting to Lawan’s accusation in a telephone chat with The Guardian, yesterday, the Secretary of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, described his claim as untrue.

He said that on the contrary, it was the silence of the national leadership, including the President of the Senate, fuelling ethnic crisis.

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“It is totally untrue. Ethnic crisis is being amplified by the relative silence of even the National Assembly and the Senate President himself and also the Presidency.

“What appears to be the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight that has been on now in the last four years in the South-West, that our people are being raped, slaughtered and our farms plundered and not a word or positive action from the Federal Government, including the Senate President, is the cause of the crisis.

“What we hear is platitudes or rhetoric from ministers or aides of the President. So, they are the one responsible for the brazen attitude of the criminals in the forests as none of them has been prosecuted. In fact, the negotiation for payment of ransom some people are advocating encourages abductions to make more money.

“The money they make, they use to buy more arms to keep terrorising people. So, it is the national leadership, including the Senate President himself and the highest authority in the land, that are fuelling the crisis by silence and gross insensitivity,” he said.

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Olajide, therefore, advocated the restructuring of the country to a true federation that would give the state governors power to enforce security in their states

“We must restructure this country,” he further said.

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Group calls for calm over Shasha market crisis.

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Leaders of the Council of Yoruba Community in northern states and Abuja have appealed for calm and restraint among the people in the region over the events in some states of the South-West.

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The appeal was contained in a statement issued in Kaduna yesterday following tension and fear resulting from recent reports of crisis in Shasha, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

President of Yoruba community, Alhaji Yinka Olapade, who signed the statement, said Shasha crisis was generating anxiety and unease in towns and cities around the country.

Olapade stressed that unconfirmed reports showed that several lives and property were lost during the fracas “which root causes cannot be traced to anything other than deep-seated prejudices and primordial sentiments.”

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He added that, while they commiserated with all those affected, “we wish to appeal that we all bury the hatchet and begin to lay a foundation for enduring peace and progress in our society.”

The community, therefore, appealed for genuine peace processes that should be instituted in Shasha and all other flashpoints across the country.

It also said that the initiatives already taken by governors should be actively supported and promoted by all to ensure peace and harmony.

According to the statement, the federal and state governments should work harder to ensure social harmony, adding: “Our legislators at federal and state levels should set in motion a review of our laws with a view to removing those that constitute impediments to our peaceful co-existence.

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“We wish to restate belief in the unity of the country and affirm conviction that the overall best interest will only be served through an indivisible one Nigeria to which every part and component are unflinchingly committed.

“As peace-loving people, let us all rededicate ourselves and pray fervently for unalloyed peace and collective progress of Nigeria.”

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Big destruction amid Shasha market crisis. (Photos)

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The ruins of Shasha market, in the southwest Nigerian city of Ibadan, were still smouldering three days after deadly ethnic clashes.

The Ibadan clashes erupted after a disagreement between a Hausa labourer and a Yoruba trader, and spread quickly, residents said.

The clashes came at a time of increased tensions between northern Fulani herdsmen and southern farmers, one of Nigeria’s most persistent security problems.

President Buhari has warned against using ethnicity for political leverage, but some regional leaders accuse him of not acting decisively because he is himself an ethnic Fulani.

The ruins of Shasha market, in the southwest Nigerian city of Ibadan, were still smouldering three days after deadly ethnic clashes.

Shasha Market is far from what it used to be. In reality, lives have been lost, millions have gone down the drain, and the hopes of many dashed away. Only time will tell when Shasha Market and the people will be healed from the ruins.

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Just in: Oyo’s Makinde shuts Shasha market.

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The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the indefinite closure of Shasha Market, near Moniya -Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area, following traders’ clash in the market.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in a statement on Saturday, in Ibadan.

The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

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Makinde urged residents of the affected area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully and warned that anyone caught perpetrating violence would face the wrath of the law.

NoRM reports that the clash, which that started on Thursday, claimed one life on Friday while shops and property were burnt.

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