HRH, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos has expressed his support over the proposed relocation of the popular Mile 12 market which is currently locked down following the bloody inter tribal clash that erupted last week.
According to him, the relocation should however be embarked upon if it will bring peace and tranquility to the communities.
Oba Akiolu also requested that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should severely punish the perpetrators of the clash. Akiolu made the demands at a stakeholders forum organised at the Iga-Idugaran, Lagos Island for residents and stakeholders in the communities.
He lamented that the clash which further led to the destruction of property and displacement of residents was not acceptable.
He described ethnic clashes in the state as one too many, urging residents to co-exist with one another, saying that Lagos is a melting pot of ethnic nationalities in the country and wondered why some people incessantly attempted to threaten the diversity of the state.
The monarch urged traditional rulers in the communities to give true leadership to their subjects and swiftly intervene in disputes before they escalate.
Supporting Oba Akiolu’s stance, Oba Samuel Oloyede of Ikosinoted that the call for the relocation of the market by the State House of Assembly was a step in the right direction.
He thanked Akiolu for holding the meeting, saying it was an opportunity for stakeholders to strategise and find lasting peace at Mile 12.
Meanwhile, the Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos State, Alhaji Aminu Yaro had earlier lamented that the incident was unfortunate and promised to constantly engage the leaders of Arewa communities on peaceful co-existence with their hosts.
He said: “The incident was unfortunate. We will do our best to talk to everybody on how we can handle things better to avert this kind of problem.”
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