A monarch close to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has disclosed that he fled Nigeria to Benin Republic to avoid being killed.
The monarch that spoke with Punch said the Yoruba activist was forced to leave the country, adding that he was ready to continue the fight against killer herdsmen.
According to the monarch, there was disagreement between associates of the Yoruba Nation activist before he left the country.
The monarch noted that while some asked him to stay back to fight, others, especially his kinsmen, aligned with the thought that he should leave the country.
The monarch added that Igboho did not leave the country immediately the Department of States Services raid his home as insinuated.
He said, “He didn’t want to leave for Benin Republic. He preferred to face the battle in Nigeria but we felt the manner DSS raided his house and killed people was dangerous for him. We actually forced him to flee because of his safety. They went as if they were directed to either kill him or bring him alive.”
When asked if asking Igboho to flee would not affect the self-determination agitation, he said, “Yes, we want Yoruba Nation, but not at the expense of anyone’s life. There would not have even been an agitation if the government lived up to their responsibilities.”
On the choice of Benin Republic, he said, “We have Yoruba-speaking people there. We have monarchs who still have ancestral traces to Nigeria. The Ooni and Alaafin still have a strong influence on some of their monarchs and we are of the belief that it was the best option. The monarchs gave him all the support he needed and we appreciate that.”
When asked how Igboho crossed Nigeria border to Benin Republic, he said, “Eledumare (God) did it.”
Igboho is currently facing charges on immigration offences in Benin Republic after he was arrested on Monday, alongside his wife, Ropo. However, his wife has been released.