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Shasha Market: Nigeria President Condemns Ethnic Conflict, Calls For Peace

President Muhammadu Buhari has broken the silence over an ethnic conflict that ensued in Southwest Nigeria, advocates for peace in the country.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent violence between some Yorubas and Hausas in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria.

The president’s speech is coming two days after the mayhem.

HumAngle reported how several Nigerians had called for the president to address the nation on the conflict that broke out at Shasha in Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, following an altercation between a pregnant Yoruba woman and a Hausa porter.

At least 11 lives were lost and properties damaged in a series of attacks.

Reacting to the reports of the clash causing ethnic tension in the region, Buhari warned that the government would not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke the embers of hatred and violence against others, a statement by Garba Sheu, the presidential spokesperson said.

He restated his administration’s commitment to ensuring the security of all Nigerians, irrespective of religious affiliation or ethnicity in line with the constitution.

“Our government will protect all religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria, whether majority or minority, in line with our responsibility under the constitution,” Buhari said.

“We will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke hatred and violence against other groups.”

He called on governors, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders, to foster peaceful coexistence in their communities.

Nigeria has a history of ethnic conflicts and religious antagonism that have continued to threaten its unity.

Years of tribal wars have often strained inter-ethnic cooperation and development in Africa’s biggest economy with successive governments promising unity.

When Buhari first took office six years ago, he made promises to improve security and unify Nigerians. But many believe not much has been achieved ever since.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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