Former aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode has said any attempt to arrest or murder self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho by the federal government of Nigeria will lead to instability and chaos.
“Arresting, detaining or killing this man will be the biggest mistake that the Federal Government can make. I say this because firstly, as far as I am aware, he has not broken any law and secondly because he represents the thoughts and aspirations of over 70 million Yoruba people. To every single one of those people he is the greatest hero of the South West since Oduduwa.”
FFK noted that Sunday Igboho is a friend to all the different ethnic groups, narrating how he “single-handedly guaranteed the safety of innocent Hausa Fulani’s in the South West and even offered to protect and receive them after the food embargo on the South was lifted and when the Northern food suppliers refused to come South.”
“There was also a plan to attack Southerners in the North (which would have resulted in a massive retaliation in the South) by a very powerful and well organised Northern group but this was dropped after Igboho gave his guarantee and committed to peace with those that come in peace and live in peace in Yorubaland.
This man SAVED both northern and southern lives by this single action and has refused to join others in attacking innocent Hsusa Fulanis in the South West.”
The former aviation minister noted that Igboho’s zeal is geared towards the emancipation of Yorubas being threatened by violent Fulani herdsmen especially in the forests of the South West. This according to FFK is why he is loved and reverred by the Yorubas and ultimately doing what the federal government failed to do, that is, providing security for farmers.
“To kill or arrest such a man who has committed no crime and who millions all over the SW love and would gladly die for is a dangerous, reckless and self-desructive course to take.
“And neither should his belief in the establishment of an Oduduwa Republic attract such aggression because he is simply reflecting the views and voicing the aspirations of millions of Yoruba people.
“If the Federal Government has an issue with Sunday Igboho my counsel and advice is to dialogue with him and attempt to build bridges of peace and understanding rather than attempt to arrest or kill him or wage war against him.
“All he has sought and fought for is peace and security and the protection of his people against foreign invaders and killers who have occupied our land and who the Federal Government have been unable or unwilling to uproot and eradicate.
“Those identifiable individuals from the South West that are jealous of Igboho’s rising profile and that have urged the Federal Government to kill or arrest him are the real enemies of the Buhari administration. They are also the enemies of the people of the South West and Nigeria,” FFK as he is fondly called, said.
He added, “Arresting or killing Igboho will not help these people achieve their political objectives and aspirations. It will only make it impossible for them to do so and attract unprecedented hostility, opprobrium and notoriety to them. Treachery and betrayal comes with a heavy price and if anyone doubts that they should find out how Judas ended.
“Peaceful co-existence with those we may not like or agree with is the only option we have as a people if we do not want another civil war.
“Building bridges of peace and fraternity even with those we may be opposed to is the best way forward if we wish to avoid an armed conflict.
“This would be a grave miscalculation on the part of those who are contemplating it and would lead us down the road of turmoil, conflict, chaos and mutually-assured destruction.
I pray that good sense prevails and that we avoid that road.”