Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has called on the Yorubas in Ibadan, Oyo State not to take laws into their hands.
Aeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, was reacting to the violence that erupted in Shasha on Saturday, Akeredolu.
Skirmishes in the market degenerated into a violent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa residents in the community.
Shasha market is one of the destinations of farm produce from the north to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the Ondo Governor urged all indigenes of the South West to remain law abiding.
The statement reads partly, “As Governor of Ondo State who doubles as Chairman, South West Governors’ Forum, it becomes very compelling for me to address ALL RESIDENTS, in particular, the Yoruba speaking people of our dear region as regards recent happenings bordering on security.
“Without doubt, the situation we have found ourselves as a people is most despicable and contends violently against, and abhorrently at variance with the values and hospitality for which our people are known.
“We have been known for thoroughness. We have identified with legality over the centuries; and our ethos as a civilised breed of people are such that we do not identify with lawlessness, not even illegality.
“ln this regard, we urge all indigenes of the South West to sustain these values and enviable virtues by remaining law abiding.
“Our resolve in this direction is not a sign of weakness; it is indeed, the strongest of all.
“ln particular, while I understand the height of provocation in the light of recent happenings as regards Shasha, Ibadan, I, alongside my other brother governors in the region are against willful appropriation of Laws into one’s hands.
“We do not support violence and in particular, brigandage, jungle justice and unnecessary self-help.
“We note with delight, the efforts of our brother Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who has taken very bold steps to stave off further escalation of the violence by imposing curfew in the affected areas.
“He deserves every support in his avowed commitment towards peace and security in Oyo State. We shall all survive these times and live peacefully, once again in our lands.”