Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the violence that led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties at the Shasha Market, in Oyo State.
Violence erupted at the market last Friday following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba youths.
The VP who said that the market has been a melting pot for traders bringing foodstuff from the north to the southwest for decades, called for peace between the northern traders and those in the southwest.
Osinbajo made the appeal while addressing journalists after he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief Lateef Jakande in Lagos State.
Describing the incident as unfortunate and tragic, Osinbajo stated that every Nigerian has a constitutional right to live, work and enjoy their lives in safety, peace under the law.
“We must never take the law into our own hands, if we do we will be promoting chaos, and a breakdown of law and order, and all of us especially the most vulnerable amongst us, will be at risk. I urge all community leaders to work together to preserve the brotherly co-existence that our people from different parts of the country have enjoyed in Shasha market for several decades,” Osinbajo said.