Herdsmen crisis: How Ooni disappointed Yorubaland during meeting with Buhari


Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has hit the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for allegedly failing to represent the Yoruba nation well during his recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on killer herdsmen within the South West.

The monarch, he alleged, didn’t talk the anger and pains of the Yoruba nation to the President during the visit.

Sunday Igboho said the Ooni disappointed himself and the Yoruba nation with his alleged action.

He also revealed he rejected an invitation by the monarch due to his alleged failure to represent Yorubaland well before Buhari.

Igboho spoke on Wednesday morning in a virtual ‘Townhall with Yoruba in Diaspora.

Igboho had flushed out herders at Iganga in Ibarapa Nor

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Oba Ogunwusi, who met with Buhari last week, had urged Igboho not to take laws into his hands.

The Ooni said Igboho has done properly to talk for the downtrodden but he should allow Constituted Authorities to take over the menace of herdsmen in the South West.

Apparently displeased with the Ooni advice, Sunday Igboho said: “The monarchs are actually afraid but we must keep praying for them to be united with one voice. They shouldn’t be afraid of arrest at their age. Some of them don’t even grant the audience at their palaces any longer. So, everything is now in God’s hands.

“When Ooni met with Buhari over the herdsmen issue, Ooni should have told Buhari the truth but he didn’t. When Ooni returned, he started tackling me to leave the remaining task to the government to complete. You can imagine that kind of talk?”

He added: “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 inform 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 doesn’t cooperate with me. Enough is enough, the Fulani have done enough.”

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