Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says divisive utterances by some Southwest governors were responsible for the killings in Sasha market and other violence against Northerners in the region.
Lawan said this during an interview with the BBC yesterday.
Several people were feared killed during violence that erupted between Hausa and Fulani traders in Shasha market in Ibadan, Oyo state, recently.
He said: “What happened in Oyo State and other things that kept happening in the South-Western States are caused by leadership failures in the region.
“Some utterances by some governors also went a long way in inciting the citizens to take up arms against other ethnic groups settling in their States.
“The governors’ utterances emboldened the criminals to unleash violence against the Northerners.”
Lawan said the Sasha killing occurred when the legislators were in recess, adding that the Senate condemned the violence in its entirety upon resumption.