June 8, 2023

Angry youths on Monday barred Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Makinde from entering the palace of Sarkin Shasha, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin.

The angry youths prevented the governors during their visit to inspect the level of damage caused by the clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders in Sasha.

Both Makinde and Akeredolu had earlier condemned the clash between the two ethnic groups which claimed lives and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

The governors sued for calm between the visiting Hausa community and their Yoruba hosts to live together in harmony.

SGovernor Makinde also promised to issue palliatives to victims of the crisis, asking both parties to eschew violence and allow peace to reign.

However, as they made to visit Sarakin Shasha, the youth demanded that the governors should pay a condolence visit to the village head and not Sarkin Shasa’s palace. The youths also booed the governors for Makinde’s lateness to visit the troubled area.

They added that the governors must not see the Sarkin Sasa, for the leader’s alleged failure to caution his subjects when the crisis started three days ago.

It was gathered that the State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, failed in her attempt to pacify the aggrieved youths, who were shouting on top of their voices, “We won’t agree until you visit Ba’ale’s palace first.”

After a long discussion, the two governors bowed to pressure and accepted the demand of the youths.

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