Igboho’s Arrest And The Yoruba Nation

Igboho’s Arrest And The Yoruba  Nation
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Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho was arguably an unknown personality outside the Southwest sub-region not until mid-January.

He and his supporters took the battle to end the spate of insecurity by killer herdsmen in the Southwest rather frontally.

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He stormed the Fulani community in Igangan, Ibarapa Local Council of Oyo State to issue a seven-day notice to herdsmen to quit insecurity or vacate the community and all other Yoruba communities or be forced to do so.

Despite warning by Governor Seyi Makinde against such action, he invaded Igangan and his visit led to a clash between some Yoruba youths and Fulani in the community where properties were reportedly destroyed.

Igboho also visited Ogun State and vowed to evict herdsmen in the South-west, following the insecurity rocking the region.

He then became a chief promoter of a Yoruba agenda of defending its land from the incursion of killer herders who kill, maim and abduct farmers.

After holding a series of rallies in some southwest states, he met stiff resistance against any rally in Lagos.

The DSS would subsequently raid his home, a few hours to the rally, destroying vehicles, including his G-wagon, Prado Jeep, and some valuables, including furniture and windows.

Just like AljazirahNigeria, other well-spirited public commentators have opined that Igboho may be acting within his right to self-defence when he revealed that his goal was the defence of his people and indeed the entirety of Yorubaland.

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Some persons have described Igboho as audacious but his persistent attacks on various personalities across the South West didn’t go down well with prominent leaders. Traditional rulers, political leaders opposed to the agitation were labelled and abused.

For instance, Igboho, while speaking at a meeting with the Yoruba in Diaspora, last February described some prominent Yoruba leaders, including the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, Makinde; and Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, as “Fulani slaves”.

He later sought the forgiveness of Ogunwusi, who said he had forgiven him.

Everywhere Igboho went, he naturally won the confidence of the common man but one striking problem was his uncouth words and inciting statements which could stoke ethnic tension especially amid the rising insecurity.

His inciting statements were a source of concern to many especially security operatives who feared there might be a repeat of the #EndSARS protests.

Igboho in a series of videos had always lambasted and placed curses on those against the Yourba Nation struggle.

He had announced in one of his public speeches that the Yoruba Nation was no longer part of Nigeria and they were ready to walk away without minding what the government could do.

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He also threatened there would not be any election in the South-west in 2023, saying the people of Yoruba Nation were wary of Nigeria.

Yoruba people could no longer tolerate the feudal and political dominance in the federation, which he said, had been a source of concern nationwide. He added

For AljaziraNigeria, Igboho’s swift transformation from being an activist, fighting against killer herdsmen to being a freedom fighter remains the point of departure from acting within his right to defend himself and his Yoruba people, to veering into an act which may be considered criminal.

From the man who was fighting to end the terror of killer herdsmen in Yorubaland, to agitating for separation of Yoruba Nation from Nigeria, showed he mixed up the whole struggle without clarity of intent and purpose.

While commenting on his arrest in neighbouring Benin Republic and efforts to repatriate him to Nigeria, in an interview with Arise TV, which was monitored by AljazirahNigeria, the acting leaders of Afenifere, the Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo had said; “They have declared war on our people”.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who also spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 019 Ward 08, Ikoyi II, during the Local Government/Council Areas election on Saturday, said the trial of the agitator is a difficult time for the South-West Governors.

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According to him, a lot of people had steps being “taken quietly and privately”.

The Lagos State Governor when asked why there was presumed silence of the governors on the arrest of Igboho, he replied; “These are very difficult times for all of us. I can assure you that people are working behind the scenes.

“At occasions like this, it’s not by how many Press people you call. I’m aware that a lot of people have responses that they are doing quietly and privately and it doesn’t have to be a public conversation”.

President Buhari has said he would always respect the rights of Nigerians, but warned that separatist pushes are often violent with insurrection undertone that his government will not allow to fester.

In the light of the bourgeoning insecurity in the land, we urge Afenifere, and other leaders in the Southwest to engage so much tact and caution as it goes about its intervention into the matter which we consider a very dicey one, being that Igboho may be adjudged right on the one side and wrong on another.

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