- “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.”
One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has alleged that South-West governors are “hiding” wanted Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo well known as Sunday Igboho.
The spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, stated this in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Monday.
But Donald Ojogo, an aide to the Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said it is demeaning for the governors to respond to Miyetti Allah’s accusation.
It would be recalled that the operatives Department of State Services (DSS) on July 1, 2021, raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and detained 13 of his followers, while two of the activist’s associates were killed in a “gun duel”.
Igboho, a spearhead of the separatist agitation for the Yoruba nation, escaped the bloody raid and was subsequently declared wanted by the DSS on allegations of stockpiling arms to destabilise the country, which he has since denied.
The whereabouts of the Yoruba nation agitator, who gained popularity in January, following his eviction notice to suspected killer herders in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, had since been unknown.
Speaking on Monday, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore spokesman said the DSS should have raided Igboho’s house earlier than it did.
Alhassan, however, advised the activist to surrender himself to security operatives because he would be forcefully apprehended.
He said, “It is in his (Igboho) own best interest if he submits himself peacefully so that he can face justice. Why is he running? Is he not a revolutionary? He should submit himself before they get him because as it is now, he has been declared wanted, he should present himself to the nearest police station.”
The group’s spokesman also alleged that the six governors in the South-West region are hiding Igboho.
He said, “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.
“The security agencies are speaking the language he understands, they will get him. I know the governors are hiding him but they (security agents) will get him.
“The (Nigerian) State has declared him wanted. He is not more than the state. The governors keeping him should produce him.”
“He declared a republic; that was a rebellion. How can you be threatening the sovereignty of the (Nigerian) State and you still have the guts to be walking around and be organising rallies?” Alhassan queried.
However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said it is belittling for the governors to respond to the allegation by Miyetti Allah.
When contacted for a reaction on the allegation by the herders’ group, Ojogo said, “It is not necessary, absolutely demeaning for elected governors to engage an association in a media banter.”
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, another herders’ group in the country, kept mum on Igboho’s imbroglio.
“We don’t have any comment on the matter; we don’t talk on political or security issues,” MACBAN Secretary-General, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, said on Monday.
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