Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari called for calm on Sunday (14 February) following reports of intercommunal violence that broke out between traders belonging to the Yoruba and Hausa ethnic groups on Saturday at a market in the southwestern state of Oyo.
Tensions have increased in southwestern states in recent weeks amid claims by public personalities that nomadic cattle herders in search of dwindling grazing land from the mainly northern Fulani ethnic group are carrying out violent crimes. This claim has been denied by the farmers.
Chair of the Hausa traders association Usman Yako at Shasha market, informed a news agency that at least 11 traders from his ethnic group were killed in clashes Friday and Saturday.
President Muhammadu Buhari appealed on Twitter to religious and traditional leaders, as well as elected leaders to ensure that calm prevails between communities. "We will not allow any ethnic or religious groups to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups," he said in a tweet.