…says ‘I’ll bring him for peace talk’
Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to forgive Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.
Department of State Services had last week raided Igboho’s Ibadan, Oyo State residence during which two persons were killed and others arrested.
While parading those arrested, the DSS stated that Igboho managed to escape amid the exchange of gunfire between his men and operatives of the secret police during the raid.
The Yoruba Nation activist was immediately declared wanted and advised to turn himself in as he won’t have a hiding place.
But Oluwo in his reaction in his letter titled, ‘Igboho Saga: Oluwo Intervenes, Writes Buhari,’ urged the President to relax the manhunt for Igboho.
The Iwo monarch, in the letter signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, assured that he will produce Igboho before the President at the appropriate time for a peace talk.
The letter read in part, “Sunday Igboho earned his popularity as an activist whose joy is to liberate the cheated. He started as such and grew with it.
His strategy is not known to me because I’m not in his camp. Whenever I’ve information about his move, I do call him to order.
He visited my palace sometime in 2018. I give pieces of advice when sought.
Instead of Igboho to distinctively differentiate between agitation towards government and inter groups activism, he failed.
At a point, he abused stakeholders with spurious allegations. I was the first on the list for drumming support for one Nigeria. As a father, I’ve personally forgiven him. And I’m personally beseeching your Excellency as the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to demonstrate your magnanimity by forgiven our promising son, Chief Adeyemo Sunday Igboho.
“He is a novice in handling issues against the government. He is a gift to us in Yoruba. He has pledged his readiness to listen to us. I appeal to your Excellency to slow down the security trail on Sunday Igboho. I have the assurance adhering to this piece will go a long way in strengthening the unity of Nigeria.
I promise your Excellency that Igboho will mind his steps henceforth. He has suffered a lot. He would step down agitations. I will bring him for a peace talk at the appropriate time.
“Liberal struggles are won on intelligentsia merit. Arsenals without strategy is a defeated battle. These and many more, I supposed he has learnt and ready to mend his way.
Nigeria is an indivisible entity that cannot be torn overnight for whatever reason. Let’s forgive to move on and up. The strength is not only in diversity but also in forgiveness.
“In conclusion, we have seen the handwriting. When government speaks different languages, the wise ruminates and take caution.
I commend your efforts geared towards combating crimes, checkmating banditry and curtailing criminalities, and your vigorous fight against corruption. Most importantly, your commitment to infrastructural growth is unequalled. One Nigeria, great future.”