Yoruba/Fulani herders crisis: Sunday Igboho rebukes Ooni, Oluwo, Tinubu, other Yoruba leaders

L-R: Ooni, Igboho and Tinubu

The self-acclaimed Yoruba defender and warlord, Sunday Igboho, has berated the Yoruba monarch, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

He said Ooni Ogunwusi betrayed the Yoruba people during his last visit to Aso Rock, where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the Fulani herdsmen crisis rocking the South-West region.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, chiding the monarch said he failed to tell the President the truth about the crisis during the visit.

Igboho, who said this on Wednesday, addressing security issues in the region, during a virtual town hall meeting with the Yoruba in Diaspora, condemned some prominent leaders in Nigeria’s southwest region for not being proactive and supportive on his efforts aimed at rescuing the Yoruba people from Fulani herders onslaught.

He alleged that some Yoruba leaders were sabotaging his efforts to secure Yorubaland, mentioning Ooni Ogunwusi alongside the national leader of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was a former governor of Lagos State; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; and Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akambi, describing them as Fulani slaves.

Joining others late at 12:16 a.m.
in the virtual meeting that started around 11:15 p.m. and ended a few minutes after 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, with over 1,000 participants from Nigeria and the Diaspora, Igboho, blamed his lateness on an earlier meeting he said he had with the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, on his recent eviction notice given to Fulani herdsmen in Igangan at Ibarap North Local Government of Oyo State.

He denied being sponsored by anyone on his decision to restore peace and normalcy to Yorubaland.

He said: “When Ooni met with Buhari over the herdsmen issue, Ooni should have told Buhari the truth but he did not. When Ooni returned, he started tackling me to leave the remaining task to the government to finish. You can imagine that kind of talk?

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“Alaafin of Oyo has asked me to meet him over the matter. Alaafin should have been the one invited to meet Buhari but since the Ooni was invited, he should be bold to tell the President the whole truth and make the demands of the Yoruba people known to the President.

“The Ooni disappointed himself. Some politicians are behind Ooni’s latest move. He invited me to his palace but I refused to go. I would have gone if he had represented us well but he did not. I won’t honour any monarch who does not cooperate with me. Enough is enough, the Fulani have done enough.”