September 21, 2021

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Igboho not our freedom fighter, say youths

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By Alao Abiodun and Bisi Oladele, Ibadan

 

 

Supporters of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a Sunday Igboho), turned out in their numbers  at Cour De’appal De Cotonou for his trial.

The Yoruba-speaking supporters   from both the  Southwest  in Nigeria  and Benin Republic  were in the court  to  ensure that Igboho was either freed or received fair hearing.

They were said to have been  mobilised by a Yoruba rights group, Isokan Omo Odudua.

Also at the court  was  a delegation sent by  Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi,  and Olubadan of  Ibadanland Oba Saliu Adetunji.

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, praised Oba  Ogunwusi  and      Oba  Adetunji for sending the team.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, Afenifere also lauded Yoruba communities in Benin Republic  for  ensuring  that Igboho, an Oduduwa son, did not suffer unjustly.

The group argued  that  the agitator’s   travail ought not to have  occurred, if there had been good governance in Nigeria.

The statement partly reads: “It is so sad that President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration is concentrating on hunting and harassing those who are seeking relief from the oppressive situation in Nigeria while shying away from tackling   kidnapping, terrorism, and other issues bordering on ethnic cleansing.

“By its conduct, the government  is giving people reasons to believe the allegation that it is pursuing a Fulanisation agenda.

“Harassment of freedom agitators and innocent citizens must stop forthwith” Afenifere warned..”

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But some  youths from the 17 states in the South said the Yoruba Nation agitator must face trial.

The youth, under the aegis of Southern Youth Forum (SYF),  said  that the political  narratives about   Igboho’s arrest and  his possible extradition to Nigeria should be of concern to patriotic Nigerians.

The leaders of the  forum,   John Atani (Southsouth),  Fidelis Nze (Southeast) and   Oladimeji Odeyemi (Southwest), who addressed reporters on the Igboho saga  in Lagos said Igboho was not a freedom fighter, but a known political thug, smuggler, and land grabber.

They said: “As youths, we don’t think leaders who vowed to protect the sanctity of our Constitution should fold their hands and look away while some inept clout-chasers destroy the legacy of our heroes past when they actually possess passports of other countries.

“You can’t incite war in a multi-diverse country like Nigeria and not be there when the battle commends. Our findings indicate that the said Igboho was using his one-man show for personal gains but we trust that the law will take its due course on his matter when he is eventually extradited to Nigeria.

“The same man does not have his wife and children in Nigeria. What kind of mouthpiece was that?

“Those pushing Igboho on are aware of his antecedents as a political thug, a serial smuggler and land grabber, but they decided to deodorise him with the nomenclature of a  freedom fighter to serve their interests, which is largely political.

“It beats our imagination that even those considered to be educated view Igboho as a Yoruba freedom fighter.

Time will tell on those staying in United States, Europe, and other parts of the world who are  giving moral and financial support to such a known social misfit.

“For us, this freedom fighter is not our freedom fighter.   Igboho and his cohorts must surely face the full wrath of our laws. “