Butchers in Ibadan, Oyo state capital on Thursday said relocation them to Amosun village in Akinyele LGA will ignite fresh ethnic crisis between ethnic them and the Hausa Headers in the state.
At a press conference jointly addressed by Veteran Organization for Human Rights Initiative (VOHRI) , and the butchers association , added that the purported relocation would cause more harm than good if allowed to see the light of the day.
Chairman of National Union of Butchers (NUB), Aare Latosa LCDA, Alhaji Ganiyu Olobo and his colleagues from Egbeda Local Government Area, Alhaji Mukaila Otedola; Ibadan North LGA, Mr. Kehinde Oladejo; Ido LCDA, Mr. Alidu Tajudeen; Akinyeke LGA, Alhaji Oroyinyin Adeleke; Ibadan South West, Mr. Adebayo Wasiu and Mr. Sheriff Iyanda who spoke on behalf of their colleagues declared that Amosun village is very close to Akinyele town where a large number of Hausa cattle rearers settled.
They warned that the closeness of the two, Akinyele town and Amosun village will lead to fresh crisis among the butchers and Hausa cattle rearers.
The butchers while urging Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state to prevail on the matter and allow butchers to continue with their businesses in their various locations, added that it was year 2000 clash between the butchers and the Hausa cattle traders that made the former of the Governor, late Alhaji Lam Adesina to relocate the Hausa cattle rearers to Akinyele town.
They noted that the relocation which is being championed by some elements in the union in connection with a private firm will ignite fresh crisis due to the closeness of Akinyele and Amosun, the proposed abattoir.
They said, “The proposed abattoir at Amosun village is close to Akinyele town where a large number of Hausa cattle rearers have settled. It was the killing arising from the clash between butchers and Hausa cattle traders in 2000 that made late Alhaji Lam Adesina to relocate the Hausa cattle traders to Akinyele town.
“This illegal relocation order given to the butchers will ignite fresh crisis. This is a bad omen and a security threat to the state, especially when electioneering period is at hand.