The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), has pledged its support to rebuild the Sasa Market, Ibadan, which was burnt down in the recent Hausa/Yoruba inter ethnic crisis.
The pledge came on Tuesday during a visit to Ibadan, Oyo State capital by the delegation of the NGF led by the governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, together with Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara; and Abubakar Sanni Bello of Niger State.
Meanwhile, Governor Makinde, who led the governors to Sasa community, the host community of the incidence, assured that his government would continue to look for avenues to restore peaceful co-existence.
While speaking at the palaces of Seriki Sasa and Baale Sasa, the governor called for calm and unity among the Hausas and Yorubas living in the community, urging everyone to join hands with the administration.
He declared that the unity of Nigeria and the need to restore peace were weightier than political divides, adding that his administration was ready to ensure peaceful co-existence among the residents of Sasa community in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
On the part of NGF, Governor Bagudu commended the Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde for what he has done so far in restoring peace and normalcy to the community, adding that the streets of Ibadan are calm and peaceful, as opposed the news being flied on social media.
He regretted the damages done on the market and most especially the loss of lives.
The Kebbi governor therefore assured that the Nigerian Governor’s Forum will assist the state government in rebuilding the market and providing palliative for the victims.