The embattled Yoruba nation freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo popularly generally known as Sunday Igboho could have slipped the road whereas within the wrestle to make sure that the Southwestern Nigerians are handled with equity and fairness, resulting in his present predicament, a piece of Nigerians suggests.
Igboho’s wrestle which led to his present ordeal started when he gave an ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen in Oyo State and another elements of the area to vacate the forests.
Recall that Sunday Igboho on January 16, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani group in Igangan, Ibarapa North Native Authorities Space of Oyo state, over allegations that they’re chargeable for the rising insecurity and kidnapping within the space.
Igboho made the declaration when he led some youths to the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, to register their displeasure over the current killings within the axis.
The motion stimulated controversies throughout the nation as a lot violence erupted resulting in the demise of scores of residents.
Subsequently, the secessionist declared the Oduduwa Republic as a sovereign nation for the Southwestern area over the alleged marginalization of the Yoruba folks occupying Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos and different states.
Igboho had efficiently carried out peaceable rallies in many of the states together with Lagos as a motion for the actualization of the Oduduwa Republic. The agitators staged a mega rally in Lagos State on July 3 regardless of opposition from the federal government and the safety businesses.
DAILY POST remembers that the Division of State Safety Providers, DSS on July 1, invaded Igboho’s residence in Ibadan the Oyo State capital, gunned down a few of his allies and took different activists into detention. He was subsequently declared wished by the key police.
The midnight raid adopted allegations that the activist was in possession of firearms. DSS spokesman, Peter Afunaya whereas confirming the operation mentioned the safety company recovered unlawful arms, together with seven AK-47 rifles and 1000’s of ammunition from Igboho’s home.
“On strategy to the residence, the group got here beneath heavy gun assault by 9 males, suspected to be Igboho’s guards. Six of them had been armed with AK-47 weapons and three others with pump-action rifles.
The DSS accused Igboho and his group campaigning for self-determination, of been “well-armed and decided to undermine public order. The arrests and seizures are, little doubt, a affirmation of a grand plan by Igboho and his cohorts to wage a violent riot in opposition to the Nigerian state”.
DAILY POST additionally remembers that the Oduduwa pioneer was just lately caught in a video the place he was seen speaking to some group leaders and different stakeholders within the area to buy weapons for his or her youths.
In accordance with him, “Those that don’t have weapons, contribute cash and purchase weapons for them. I’m saying it. You possibly can video me. In the event that they don’t know the place to purchase gun, I’ll assist them to purchase them. Purchase weapons for them.
“No authorities can say no person ought to carry weapons this time. If they’re caught with the weapons, they need to inform them (the authorities) that I, Igboho gave the weapons to them. This video, publish it that ‘Igboho purchased weapons for us’.
“They need to not steal. The weapons we purchased are to guard ourselves. And we are going to fortify them with charms”.
Following the developments, the activist was on Monday, July 19 nabbed alongside his spouse by the Worldwide Legal Police Organisation at an airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Igboho who’s presently within the custody of safety officers in Cotonou was arraigned for a listening to on extradition to Nigeria on the Court docket De’appal De Cotonou on Thursday.
The listening to was, nonetheless, adjourned to Monday, July 26. His spouse was launched by the authority
Some involved Nigerians who spoke with DAILY POST on the problem, blamed the activist for “going too far” by buying weapons whereas agitating for the Yoruba nation.
A social media influencer, Mr Adewale Adegoke informed DAILY POST correspondent that the activist could not have been hunted if he had continued along with his rightful and peaceable agitation with out indication of a criminal offense.
“This man would have simply continued to get pleasure from his cash and the respect been accorded to him by most people. All was properly till he began speaking about weapons and killings”.
“In fact everybody has the proper to agitate for separation however in a civil society like Nigeria, that may solely be achieved with out weapon”, he added.
A present affairs analyst, Mrs Ojonya Sylvester who spoke to DAILY POST from Makurdi, famous that Igboho ought to have learnt from the self-acclaimed chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who can also be presently within the custody of DSS after been rearrested in an undisclosed nation.
He mentioned, “Igboho ought to have adopted the steps of different agitators like Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu has by no means publicly mentioned something about buying weapons for killing anyone regardless that everyone knows that such exists.
“You don’t have to make use of pressure whereas making an attempt to draw the eye of worldwide communities in direction of your agitation. I believe that’s the place he bought it fallacious. You don’t count on a authorities whether or not good or dangerous to fold its arms and permit such to happen. No. You don’t do agitation by pressure”.
In the meantime, a civil servant within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT who pleaded to not be talked about, mentioned Igboho’s actions had been birthed by the affect of dangerous governance.
He mentioned, “If Nigeria is working and everyone is been handled equally, nobody can be agitating for separation. It’s accrued provocation that’s resulting in all this agitation right here and there.
“If the Federal Authorities is angered by the actions of the agitators, they need to repair the nation, tacked the safety challenges, make the financial system work once more.
“You possibly can’t cease the agitation by merely arresting everybody when there’s hardship within the land. Sort out the trigger first”.
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