Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) has advised Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, not to demonize the person of acclaimed freedom fighter, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as ‘Sunday Igboho,’ but rather be proactive than being reactionary.
He gave the warning, while speaking with journalists at his residence in Ibadan, following the imbroglio created by the driving out of the state of the leader of the Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, Alhaji Saliu Kadri.
Recall that January 15 was the day Sunday Igboho, and his supporters stormed the Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa Local Council of Oyo State to issue a seven-day quit notice to Fulani herdsmen to vacate Igangan community, Oyo State, and all other Yoruba communities or be forced to do so.
He confronted the Sarkin Fulani, Saliu Kadri, and issued the polity-shaking ultimatum.
As expected, the ultimatum raised dust in the polity. It pitted Sunday Igboho against Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who asked the police to arrest the warrior. It also divided the polity with pro and anti-Igboho’s ultimatum supporters baring their fangs.
Without mincing words, Igboho accused Kadri’s subjects (Fulani) of killing Yoruba natives including Oyo businessman, Fatai Aborode, Alhaja Serifat Adisa, and her children, and an Igangan prince, among others, saying that his move and actions had the blessings of Yoruba traditional rulers.
According to Chief Akintola, it has become rather unfortunate that those who should lead have not been proactive to national issues, but have become reactionaries to issues.
He said: “Like my brother Seyi Makinde. You can ask him. I called him before these things escalated, I gave him advice, I said look, call these guys (Sunday Igboho), call Seriki Fulani, I am saying this publicly and I have said it before. I called him; I said your Excellency, call these guys. Security vote is not meant for jamboree, it is meant to take care of security and you need to be proactive.”
“You don’t need to demonize Sunday Igboho; a drastic event sometimes requires drastic solutions. Sunday has his own problems against the backdrop of his background; you have to give it to him.”
“I think he needs intellectual input because he talks too much but he has good intentions. Rather than demonizing Sunday Igboho, he should be guided.