A former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Tuesday, visited the scene of the clash between some Yoruba and Hausa in Ile-Ife to commiserate with the victims of the crisis with a call that perpetrators of the crisis should be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Kwankwaso, who is a current senator from Kano, visited the scene of the clash in company with Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Senator Babajide Omoworare and heads of security agencies in the state.
Kwankwaso, after assessing the extent of the destruction, addressed the members of the Hausa community inside a mosque at the scene before all of them proceeded to Oba Okunade Sijuwade City Hall where they addressed some of the victims, which included some Yoruba people.
Kwankwaso said, “If property and lives are destroyed, it is the responsibility of the security agents to make arrests because some people were responsible for the destruction. Those arrested will be charged to court and the law will take its course.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that there is peace here. We believe that peace here is very important to all of us. It is very important to meet at this level.
“Some of the Hausa people (here) have never been to Kano and, likewise, there are Yoruba people in Kano, who have never travelled down to the South. There are rich businessmen in the North, who have never been to the South and there are many rich Hausa people here, who have never been to their states.”
The former governor commended Governor Rauf Aregbeola for acting promptly to nip the crisis in the bid.
The Obalufe of Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, who is the second in command to the Ooni, had earlier lamented that security agencies had made Yoruba people their focus of arrest.
Aregbesola, who said everybody must be committed to peaceful coexistence, added that there was no way innocent people would not be arrested in a situation like this but he assured the people of Ile-Ife that no innocent person would be punished.
He called on both Ife people and the Hausa community to send the names of the perpetrators of the crisis to the government, saying they would be arrested.
He announced that the state government would establish a commission of enquiry to investigate the cause of the matter and offer solutions to stop a recurrence.
“Our duty is to have the names of the bad eggs. I can assure you that security operatives will apprehend them. There will be no jungle Justice. They will be prosecuted and whoever is found guilty will face the wrath of the law. That is the solution to the crisis,” Aregbesola added.