President Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria’s president has called for calm and condemned the clash on Sunday following reports of violence between ethnic groups at a market in the southwestern state of Oyo.
There was a clash between traders from the Yoruba and Hausa ethnic groups which later broke out on Saturday at Shasha market in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo, and turned to massive destruction of the market.
President Muhammadu Buhari appealed on Twitter to religious and traditional leaders, as well as elected leaders, “to join hands with the federal government to ensure that communities in their domain are not splintered along ethnic and other primordial lines”.
“We will not allow any ethnic or religious groups to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups,” he wrote.
He said the perpetrators will be investigated and brought to justice by condemning the horrible incident.
“The attacks, which led to the loss of lives and properties, must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice,” rights group Amnesty International said in a statement, referring to the violence at Shasha market.
Governor of Oyo state Seyi Makinde and his fellow from Ondo state Rotimi Akeredolu visited the scene of the clash yesterday with other notable people in the state.