Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with the traditional ruler of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, over the recent communal clash in the state.
Fayemi who arrived the palace with some former members of his cabinet said he was at the palace to identify with monarch over the unfortunate incident.
He also visited the Hausa Community in the new area named Sasha where they have been relocated and the spot of the market inferno, promising the incoming government’s assistance.
The former governor of the state, also condemn the spate of kidnappings of Ekiti professionals and other innocent people, saying the present negative image of Ekiti had begun to take its toll on the economic activities in the state.
Fayemi, recalled how those who engaged in the hospitality businesses now lament low patronage.
“Some of our colleagues friends would have accompanied me to Ekiti but many of them declined the invitation as a result of the spate of violence and kidnapping. I don’t think Ekiti deserves this negative label which is why I am calling on well-meaning indigenes of this state to join hands with those who are willing to return peace to the state “, said he.
He condemned how the relationship between indigenes and settlers suddenly degenerated to the level where they destroyed each other’s properties .
The APC chieftains called on all Ekiti people and other stakeholders to join hands against the twin evil of violence and kidnapping, which according to him is strange to the culture of the land.
In his response, Oba Adejugbe thanked the ex- governor for the visit urging him not to relent in his efforts to ensure that peace reigns in the state.
The monarch hinted that a committee, which comprise major stakeholders, had been put in place to ascertain the extent of damage during the clash.
He explained that many of the victims of the clash had been seeking for assistance as many of them actually took loan to set up their businesses which were consumed by fire.
Oba Adejugbe said Ekiti people are very accommodating saying that they should not allow the relationship to be affected by ethnicity or politics.