The Truth and Reconciliation Committee set up by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to proffer a solution to the clash between the Hausa and Yoruba in Ife will sit tomorrow.
The committee has the Obalufe, Oba Idowu Adediwura, as its chairman, and the Jaran, High Chief Ademola Adeyeye; Wasin of Ilare, High Chief Zacheus Olasode as members.
Others members are Seriki Hausa Alhaji Mamuda Mandagali; Ezendigbo of Ife Ezekiel Onyejekde; Okobairo of Urobo David Akpomedaye; Chairman Modakeke Progressive Union Tajudeen Oke and security agencies.
Senator Babajide Omoware is the adviser. Speaking at a briefing by the Ife Progressive Forum yesterday in Ile-Ife, the president of the group otherwise known as Ife Action Council, Lawrence Awowoyin, said the Ooni was disturbed about the clash between indigenes and settlers.
He said the monarch insisted that the committee should hold its meetings in the palace so that he would monitor its activities. Awowoyin said investigation showed that there was no political undertone to the crisis but land matters between a Yoruba family and the Hausa community.
His words: “The love of Ife people towards all ethnic groups from time immemorial is not in doubt. “The crisis was an offshoot of a misunderstanding between two individuals at Sabo area of Ile-Ife. The misunderstanding was unfortunately hijacked by hoodlums in the area.
“The fracas did not emanate from Ife community but was masterminded by hoodlums from the two aggrieved individuals.” He described the Hausa as friends of Ife, adding that like other ethnic groups in the community the Hausa had added value to the ancient town.
Awowoyin appealed to security agents to be fair and objective in handling the issues so as not to aggravate the existing tension in Ife. “We sympathise with the victims from both sides. It is a known fact that both Yoruba and Arewa were victims of the fracas.
“We, therefore, condemn the overzealousness of some security agencies and indiscriminate arrest of people.” The leaders of Hausa and Igbo indigenes called for an end to ethnic clash in the town.
Madagali, who alleged that there was no clash in Ile-Ife but an attack on Hausa indigenes by Yoruba, explained that houses of many of his people were razed. He was crying as he narrated the ordeal of his people. He assured that his members would not retaliate, noting that they see their misfortune as ordained by God.