The Pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Monday lauded the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, for sending a delegation to Benin Republic, where Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) is facing trial.
This is just as it called for the stoppage of harassment of those it described as freedom agitators and innocent citizens.
Adeyemo is the arrowhead of activists agitating for a Yoruba nation and putting an end to harm being inflicted on farmers and women in Yorubaland by Fulani herders.
The commendation of the royal father was contained in a release issued on Monday on behalf of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, acting Leader of Afenifere, by Comrade Jare Ajayi, national publicity secretary of the organization.
The Olubadan of Ibadan on Sunday announced the raising of a delegation to be at the court where the Yoruba agitator is being tried in Cotonou.
The announcement was made public by Olubadan’s spokesman, Mr. Adeola Oloko, while the monarch was hosting the executive council members of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) led by its President, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga
Afenifere also lauded the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, who, last week, set up the Ooni Caucus meant to work on various issues pertaining to Yoruba interests including the travails presently being faced by Igboho.
According to the release by Afenifere, what is now regarded as Sunday Igboho travails ought not occur at all, if there had been good governance in Nigeria and people are not harassed without any just cause.
It said, “It is so sad that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is concentrating on hunting and harassing those who are seeking relief from the oppressive situation in Nigeria while shying away from tackling the menaces of kidnapping, terrorism and antics bordering on ethnic cleansing”.
On the propriety of Sunday Igboho trying to escape abroad, Afenifere maintained that there is nothing strange or wrong with this, adding that history is replete with conveyors of a new order having to seek refuge outside their immediate at least for a time.
“We recall that Moses had to be taken away from the prying eyes of Pharaoh and his agents in Egypt. Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w) too had to leave his hometown, Mecca for Medina in order to escape persecution. Thus, there is nothing wrong in Igboho seeking a respite first to preserve his life and perhaps to re-strategize.”
Afenifere further accused the federal government of going after freedom agitators while neglecting those who are known to be behind terrorism in the country.
“By its conduct, government is giving people reasons to belief the allegation that it is pursuing a Fulanisation agenda. Harassment of freedom agitators and innocent citizens must stop forthwith” the release added.
In giving kudos to the monarchs mentioned, Afenifere urged other obas in Yorubaland and other prominent people to emulate the good examples of Olubadan and Ooni.
Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan