Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, has asked the Federal Government to tread carefully on Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho‘s case, saying that any attempt to trivialize issues of agitations might set this nation on fire.
The leader of the OPC sect, which broke of OPC in 1999 said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, where Adams expressed sadness over the way the Igboho was arrested.Gani Adams was said to have stated that the attempt by the Federal Government to criminalise the case of the Yoruba nation activist is undemocratic, and the plan by the FG to clamp down agitators is undemocratic and can make the government an enemy to the people. He then called on the FG to be fair in handling Igboho’s case as maltreatment may lead to war. “Igboho’s case is gradually exposing FG’s plan to clamp down on all agitators and that is undemocratic, and also capable of turning government to tyranny of the majority, especially, from a government that came to power with a lot of hope and support from the people of the South-West”, the statement read in part.
“I think the FG should be fair to the young man because any attempt to trivialize issues of agitations might set this nation on fire. For example, the issue of self determination didn’t come up overnight. It was as a result of the long years of injustice, nepotism, and corruption occasioned by bad leadership. So, the FG will be making a big mistake if it decides to treat agitators of Yoruba nation as common criminals or enemies. Igboho has a right to his freedom. There is nothing bad for him to seek assylum in Republic of Benin, and he is entitled to seek refuge in a foreign land if he thinks his safety cannot be guaranteed here in Nigeria”, it added.
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