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Ife Crisis: Hausa/ Yoruba Promise to End Rift as Traders Return to Sabo Market

By Sodiq Lawal

Life is gradually returning to Sabo Central Market, Ile – Ife, after a brutal clash between  Hausa and Yoruba  last month, just as the two tribes have promised to be friendly and foster peace in the community.

Ife City News visit to the market on Saturday evening indicated that some of the traders have left the crisis behind to continue their commercial activities in the ancient town while the two tribes are already transacting business together.

Some of the traders who spoke to Ife City News however expresses their readiness not to allow escalation of such minor conflict in future and promised to sustain already existing harmonious relationship.

According to an Hausa Community leader, Mallam Ahmodu Sanusi said there will never be any crisis between Hausa and Yoruba in the community again saying both are from the same indivisible sovereign nation which implies that they are one.

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Sanusi said that efforts are ongoing on to rebuild relationship that will unite the two tribes and prevent future occurrence and commended Hausa leaders and their subjects for maintaining peace in the community.

Also, Mr. Yunus Kadiri  a Sokoto indigene who claimed to be residing in the city for the past 30 years described the crisis as unfortunate and call for calm among the two tribes adding that if they do not forget the lost, there may not be peace in the market.

He also warned against revenge from both tribes and commended the security agencies pro-activeness

A Yoruba leader in Sabo market, Mr Seun Aderibigbe explained Hausa and Yoruba traders  are already  rubbing mind and soul together adding that the crisis was not caused by the market traders, rather hoodlums from both tribes.

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Aderibigbe, and Alhaja Raimat Adedibu also a Yoruba trader  however hailed the intervention of the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwunsi for ensuring that normalcy returns to the market.

However, security presence remain heavy at the Sabo market and  other flash point in the ancient city.