Aregbesola, Ooni, Hausa leader appeal for peaceful co-existence in Ife
• House seeks inquiry into conflict
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and leader of Hausa community in Ife, Mahmud Madagali, have appealed for peaceful co-existence.
This followed the bloody clash that occurred last Wednesday between the Yoruba and Hausa residents in the town in which many people were killed.
Aregbesola, who addressed Ife residents at the Ooni’s palace, promised to prosecute those found culpable in the violence.
He urged both parties to cooperate with the on-going state and Federal Government’s peace efforts to restore normalcy in the area.
The governor said he was committed to promoting peaceful co-existence among all the tribes in the state.
He said: “It is disheartening to experience such wanton destruction in Ile-Ife again, after the end of the tragic Ife/Modakeke war, which lasted for 15 years.”
Aregbesola stressed that northerners living in Ife and other parts of Yoruba land were not strangers, but part and parcel of their host communities, because many of them were born and bred in those places.
While promising to assist the victims within the limit of the state’s resources, he assured the Hausa community of adequate protection.
The Ooni also described the incident as unfortunate, promising to do whatever is possible to punish the perpetrators.
The Hausa community leader, who also spoke at the peace parley, explained that some miscreants allowed a disagreement between two people to escalate into a bloody clash.
Madagali appealed to the government to protect his people and assist them with resources over the loss of their property.
Meanwhile, the police have announced the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the violence.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Osun State Police command, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, disclosed this yesterday.
She said that police had restored normalcy to the troubled area of Sabo where the violent clash occurred.
Also, the state House of Assembly has asked Aregbesola to raise a commission of enquiry to investigate the root cause of the violent clash.
A stement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye yesterday said, members of the parliament made the call at the plenary on Monday.
He said the crisis was a ‘very sad development’ and should be investigated to prevent the repeat a reoccurrence.