Some South West governors instigated the killing of northerners in Oyo – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Saturday blamed some governors in the South west, and South south for the herders-farmers crisis and the recent clash between traders at Shasa market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Lawan who made the accusation while speaking with BBC Hausa service, said some of the governors instigated the mob that attacked innocent persons in their states.

According to him, it was the hate speech from the governors that laid the foundation for the violence that followed.

Lawan said, “What happened in Oyo and some parts of South West and South South is due to leadership failure. I won’t blame the governors alone but they are the ones saddled with the responsibility of providing security of lives and property of the people living in their states.

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“But what some governors did especially in those regions gave chance to the people to do what is not right. It’s like they gave them licence to do all they are doing.”

“Immediately we resumed, that was what the first issue we discussed, I mean the sad event of Oyo was among the priorities. We said that we won’t allow political leaders to be saying words that will incite violence among people. We also said it is not allowed for an indigenes of a state to say that other people have no right to live in their states, we can’t tolerate that.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, according to him is discussing with governors on the crisis, promising that the victims will be compensated.

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“Yes I agree that the victims should be paid but what about those that were killed? The offenders should be punished. This will prevent such occurrence in the future.”

“If really government wants to prevent such occurrences in the future, then after compensating the victims, the security personnel should trace the offenders and prosecute them. Only this will bring solutions,” he noted.

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