Osinbajo who made the appeal while addressing journalists after paying a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief Lateef Jakande in Lagos State, condemned the violence that led to the loss of lives.
The Vice President said the market has been a melting pot for traders bringing foodstuff from the north to the southwest for decades and they have lived in peace and even inter-married, describing the incident as unfortunate and tragic..
He believed that when a disagreement arises between individuals or a criminal act is committed by one against the other, Nigerians must ensure that they see it for what it is, (a criminal act) which must be punished according to law and not as an ethnic conflict.
The Vice President also believes that every Nigerian has a constitutional right to live, work and enjoy his life in safety, peace under the law.
He, therefore, maintained that it is the duty of government through the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute any person who commits a crime against a citizen and it is also the role of the citizen to assist the police to identify the criminals.
“We must never take the law into our own hands, if we do we will be promoting chaos, and a breakdown of law and order, and all of us especially the most vulnerable amongst us, will be at risk.
‘’I urge all community leaders to work together to preserve the brotherly co-existence that our people from different parts of the country have enjoyed in Shasha market for several decades,” Osinbajo said.
Recall that violence continued in some parts of Sasa Market, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, with hoodlums defying curfew to set more shops belonging to Northerners on fire.
More than 50 shops and a mosque are affected in the new wave of arson on Sunday morning.
However, Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew to curtail the violence.