Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday said he was convinced that enemies of Nigeria are the brains behind the mayhem that happened at Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Makinde stated this during a visit to the market.
It would be recalled that there was mayhem and carnage a couple of weeks ago in the market with goods worth millions of naira destroyed.
He said:”When the incident at Shasa happened, I was convinced that it is the handiwork of people that don’t mean good for this country. We want as many people that can make a living in Oyo State to come here. It does not matter where you are from”.
The governor said the market had contributed immensely to the economy of the state.
He added that the local government would upgrade infrastructure in the market. He said :”What I want to say is that, this is a market, which has contributed to the economy of Oyo State. Now, government will come here and do your infrastructure. We will organise the market very well and ensure that there is harmony between everybody that is earning their living here.
“I will meet with the leadership of the market and we will ensure that this place is organised. Truth is, we don’t want any loss of lives, and that is why we will clear the express road, clean all of these places and they will make ways for you. But please, we don’t want people to trade on the express, we want them to come in.
“We will get the local government to come here and upgrade your facilities. They will fix the road coming in here, they will put solar light so that people can stay here. But please and please, do ensure that there is ethnic harmony in this place.
“We are all together and you should go about your business with no hindrance. Obey your leaders, obey the laws that will be put in place in this market and you won’t have any problem with anybody, not even with the government.”