Inter-ethnic Conflicts: Act now, Zamfara governor begs Buhari
The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take a decisive action to stop the inter-ethnic violence in parts of South-west Nigeria.
Mr Matawalle made the call on Sunday through a statement signed by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa.
The governor issued the statement in reaction to the violence on Friday at Shasha market in Ibadan that pitted hoodlums from two ethnic groups against each other.
Condemning “ethnic discrimination and regional dichotomy” in Nigeria, Mr Matawalle also appealled to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde to douse the violence in his domain.
Tension has been rising in many parts of Nigeria between indigeneous communities and Fulani settlers over violent crimes and attack on farmers widely attributed to cattle herders.
The development has reared its head in Oyo, too, where Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo last month led some hoodlums to sack Fulani settlements in the Ibarapa area of the state.
But last Friday’s disturbances in Ibadan were sparked by a minor dispute in the market between two persons.