President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has put the blame for the current violence in the South West on the doorsteps of the governors of the geopolitical zone, saying the governors are inciting their people through unguarded utterances.
In order to prevent a reoccurrence, Lawan suggested that all those responsible for the killings and destruction of properties during the crisis should be arrested and brought to justice, insisting that it was not enough to pay compensation to the victims of the crisis.
While fielding questions during a BBC Hausa Service interview, the senate president described what happened in some parts of the Southwest particularly, in Ibadan, Oyo State, as a failure of leadership.
“What happened in Oyo State and some states in the South-west and probably the Southeast, was truly a failure of leadership. I will not only blame governors- the governors have a responsibility to protect people in living their states.
“The utterances of some governors in the Southwest region encouraged the indigenes, who felt their leaders gave them license,” he said.
He stated further that- “We were on recess, the issue was the first before the floor of the senate and it was debated on what happened in various parts of Nigeria and the murder of people in Oyo State, was among the issues we discussed.
“We did not approve of political leaders making inciting statements and causing confusion among the people. We condemned any tribe or some irresponsible people, who insist that if you are not an indigene of a particular place, you will not come and live there.”