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I’m Already Working To Get Sunday Igboho Released – Ooni Of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has stated that he is already working to get Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, released.

Naija News recalls that after Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo state was on July 1, 2021, invaded by personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), who recovered charms and weapons from his residence.

The Yoruba nation agitator was later arrested with Ropo, his wife, at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, while fleeing to Germany on July 16, 2021.

While the wife has been released, he has since been in custody at a facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

In an interview with BBC on Monday, the monarch stated that the only way out for Sunday Igboho is to dialogue with the Federal Government, adding that the agitator was misled and advised wrongly.

Ogunwusi also reiterated his call for the Muhammadu Buhari government to call the agitators for a dialogue in order to curb the agitation in the South West.

The monarch stated that he had forgiven Igboho for insulting him and rejecting advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

He, however, noted that Igboho has a just cause to fight, but he should have been more diplomatic in his call for the Yoruba Nation.

He said, “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united. No one can fight with the government alone? You’ve to be diplomatic.”

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