The firebrand Yoruba radical and liberator of the tribe, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has described trio of Yoruba leaders: Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi; National leader of All Progressives Party (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as Fulani slaves. Disclosing this during a virtual town hall meeting monitored by TheCable, Igboho said the Ooni and others are interested in their own gain even while they claimed to represent the Yoruba interest. With more than 1000 participants from Nigeria and the Diaspora, the virtual meeting almost lasted two days since it started at 11:15pm on Tuesday ended at 1:00am on Wednesday.
Igboho who joined in at 12:16am, said that he was just entering Oyo town to see Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, for a meeting. The monarch, he alleged, was in supporter of the struggle. Igboho also flayed some Yoruba leaders, including traditional rulers, alleging that they have not shown enough support for the struggle to liberate the Yoruba from their ”Fulani oppressors”.
Igboho had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herders in Ibarapa area of Oyo state, blaming them for kidnapping, killings, destruction of farmland and insecurity in the state. After confronting the herders in Ibarapa with some youths in the area at the expiration of the ultimatum, he moved to Ogun State on Monday and was received by thousands of youths.
According to him, the fight to liberate the Yoruba and bring lasting peace is not for the police but for all Yoruba people, irrespective of where they are all over the world. According to him “I am not concerned about the police. The struggle is about Yoruba agenda as it concerns security situation in our land and I trust Yoruba people for support. People are afraid because of the atrocities of the herders. We also pray that our leaders will support us irrespective of their fear of being arrested. They should be able to talk to President Muhammadu Buhari on security in Yoruba land.
“When Ooni visited Buhari, the President received him by standing up but he said something I don’t like. That is why the Alaafin called me. He wants to tackle what Ooni said.”
Igboho said he has not received financial support from anyone, adding that he needs buses to transport his followers to places where the herders are wreaking havoc.Advertisement
“I need buses to transport people. The three vans we use are bought by me. We lost three buses that were hired on our way to Oyo. Ooni should be able to tell Buhari about what Yoruba want. But he has collected dollars from Buhari. He called me but I don’t want to see him. Only Alaafin is supporting us and he has written a letter to the president. Ooni disappointed me. Politicians are with him,” he added.
The youth leader also criticised Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, for calling himself an Emir. He said some Yoruba leaders have turned themselves into slaves of the ethnic tribe that oppresses their people because of money.
“The Oluwo will wear turban and start calling himself an Emir, our people should call him and tell him to stop what he is doing. Our leaders are lazy and slaves to Fulanis. They visit Abuja to collect money. We will attack them and destroy their property. Ooni should be dealt with. I am annoyed. Why should we be afraid of the crown they (Yoruba monarchs)wear?
“Tinubu and other Yoruba politicians are Fulani slaves. We need not be afraid. I have not collected any money from anyone. I am a full Yoruba man and I will not allow Fulani people to enslave me, we do not look or behave alike in any way. The herders should go. Makinde is also a slave to the herders because of second term ambition,” Igboho said.
During the meeting, some of the participants called on Igboho to stop recording and releasing videos of his activities. A caller also advised him to stop attacking Yoruba leaders, saying they are not speaking up because of the respect for the Nigerian Constitution.
Meanwhile, supporters of the Yoruba rights activist have set up a Gofundme page for the purpose of raising £100,000 (N51.8m) for him to buy buses to implement his project of ridding the South-West of killer herdsmen.
The fundraiser, which was initiated by Maureen Badejo, a blogger and activist based in the United Kingdom, garnered £9, 320 (N4.8m) within 15 hours. A visit to the Gofundme page showed that several persons of Yoruba extraction had made donations. Sidikat Tope Olufowobi, who donated £200, wrote, “I donated because I am a Yoruba woman and want peace in my part of the country.”
Kunle Makinwa, who donated £50, wrote, “I am an Oodua tokan tokan (through and through). We will get (sic) by the grace of God Almighty.”“I have donated my quota,” wrote Tolulope Akinmuyisitan, after donating £50. Igboho had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herders in the Ibarapa area of Oyo state, blaming them for kidnapping, killings, destruction of farmland and insecurity in the State.