*says NGF ‘ll support Makinde in restoring peace.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State on Tuesday disclosed that the leadership tussle between the Hausa and Yoruba traders at the Shasha Market contributed to the fracas and destruction at the market
The governor stated this at Shasha market in Ibadan during a chat with newsmen at the on the spot assessment visit to the ravaged market by Governors Abubakar Atiku Bagudu ; Abdulahi Ganduje, Bello Matawalle; and Abubakar Sanni with Governor Seyi Makinde
Governor Bagudu stressed that with the situation on ground at the ravaged Shasha market, the Nigeria Governors Forum would give its necessary support to Governor Makinde in restoring peace back to Shasha market .
According to Governor Bagudu, investigations have shown that the leadership tussle between the Hausa and Yoruba traders at the Shasha market contributed greatly to the violence and destruction of properties in the market despite the issue of a man pushing the wheelbbarrow with tomatoes that eventually fell in front of a woman’s shop,.
He stressed that the issue of the wheel barrow man was not the major thing but that the contentious issue of leadership on whom between the Hausa and Yoruba will take the mantle of leadership in the market was the bone of contention.
Expressing happiness that peace has returned to the market and the entire Shasha community, he said the Nigeria Governors Forum would do the needful towards supporting victims of the violent clash aside the immediate undisclosed amount of financial assistance to assist the victims who were greatly affected by the crises that ravaged the market and its environs.
Governor Bagudu maintained that subsequent assistance to the victims will be made known after the issue had been tabled before other colleagues in the Nigeria Governors Forum, (NGF), saying, “the market has been closed down and there are many people whose livelihood are being affected. The Nigeria Governors ’ Forum will also support him (Makinde) to ensure that those who have lost their livelihood are supported in this trying period”.
Speaking further, Governor Bagudu said on their way to Shasha market, the governors stopped at the Bodija market to see how different tribes were conducting their business transactions and that their cordial transactions had justified the oneness and unity between the Yorubas and other tribes residing in Ibadan and entire Oyo state.
He then commended Governor Makinde for his efforts taken at ensuring that peace, oneness and togetherness are not taken for granted,