By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Saturday asked all warring factions in the on-going crisis at Sasa Market Ibadan to give peace a chance .
Oba Adetunji in a statement by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Adeola Oloko declared that the warring traders should sheathe their swords as jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
The Olubadan who earlier in the day held virtual meetings with relevant stakeholders, including Hausa/Fulani leaders in Ibadan pointed out that “for all of us to truly belong to the nation called Nigeria, it is important for people to eschew violence and bitterness by ensuring that minor conflicts do not degenerate to unnecessary tension”.
“Many of our compatriots have been living with each other for a long time. We grow up and attend schools together. People from diverse ethnic groups do inter marry and give birth to lovely children”, he said .
Oba Adetunji stressed that the news of the violent clash in Sasa came to him as a surprise, saying, it was unfortunate that crisis could break out in Sasa culminating in large scale destruction such as burning down of properties belonging to neighbours.
“Immediately the report of the crisis got to us in the palace yesterday, the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde was the first person I called and we have his promise that appropriate action would be taken as sinners would not go unpunished.
Oba Adetunji however urged Governor Makinde to look into the possibility of compensating all those who have been affected by the needless crisis.