The Aare Oonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has called on the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, not to abandon Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho at this time of difficulty.
Adams stated this in an interview with Punch on Wednesday.
Recall that the Department of State Services after raiding the residence of Igboho in the Soka area of Ibadan, also declared him wanted.
The spokesman of the secret police, Peter Afunaya, noted that seven AK-47 rifles, pump-action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, including other weapons, were recovered when DSS raided Igboho’s house.
DSS during that attack on his residence also killed two persons and arrested 13.
However, many monarchs in the South-West have been silent on the development, with the Oluwo of Iwo, Adewale Akanbi, claiming that his disrespectful act got him where he is.
The Yoruba activist in the past had condemned the Ooni and Alake over the views to his approach in agitating for Yoruba Nation and fight against herdsmen’s invasion.
The Aareonakakanfo appealed to the monarchs and governors in the region to intervene in Igboho’s travail, adding that “from my experience, it is difficult to fight the government and win.”
He said, “I appeal to our traditional rulers starting from Ooni, to Alake and other leaders, including our Governors who Sunday had abused and insulted – you know he insulted me too but we need to forgive and help him. We must not allow this to consume him.
“We are appealing to them generally not to allow Sunday Igboho to be consumed. The issue on the ground now is about the interest of the Yoruba Nation. Either you support self-determination or not, anything that happens to Sunday Igboho will be a slap to the entire Yoruba race. They should not forget that the issue on the ground is not only the issue of self-determination. It is also about insecurity – that some tribes are determined to overrun our region.
“If you allow this to consume Sunday Igboho, it will create an advantage for the criminals, who have already invaded our farms and communities to cause a security threat.
“At the same time, I appeal to all agitators that they should not abuse anybody that defer or disagree on self-determination – that believes in the devolution of power. We shouldn’t abuse those who said publicly that they believe in the devolution of power. We should not be enemies.”