By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday vowed that the shut Shasha market will not be reopen by the Oyo State Government until the Hausa and Yoruba traders in the market are ready to live together in peace.
The governor made this known while addressing traders at the market when he led Governors of Kebbi State, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle; and Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sanni to Shasha Market on an on the spot assessment to Shasha community.
Governor Makinde maintained that towards ensuring that traders at the Shasha market Co habit as one family, he will not hesitate to send packing all the traders that relocated from the Shasha market to the nearby Iroko market immediately after the Shasha Market mayhem.
“There is nothing we can do in an atmosphere of unrest and disharmony . Those who go to Iroko to continue trading , I will lock up the place.When you are all ready to cooperate , you will come to me. When you have agreed that there won ’t be any more bloodshed here, you will come to me and then I will reopen the market . I beg you . We won’ t lose any more lives ” he said
The governor then emphasized the need for the warring traders at the Shasha market to give peace a chance in and across the market and the entire community, adding that the Northern Governors presently in Ibadan have met with the Baale of Shasha as well as the Sarkin Shasha on the way to ensure that peace returns to Shasha market and its environs by ensuring that traders at the market live together as one.
“ They, the northern governors just finished a meeting with the Seriki of Shasha and the Baale of Shasha As a government, you trust and elected us into office , please trust our judgement to watch out for you and ensure that we co -exist peacefully “, he said.
Welcoming the governors , the Serkin Sasa of Ibadanland, Alhaji Ahmodu Zugeru while describing the Shasha violence as unfortunate lauded Governor Makinde for his peaceful relationship with the Hausa community since the inception of his administration.