Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Yoruba nationalist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has accused the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi of failing to represent the Yoruba nation well during his recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on killer herdsmen in the South West.
Igboho who gave herders quit notice at Ibarapa area of Oyo State in the wake of alleged kidnappings, killings and destruction of farmlands in the area, and has been in the forefront of the effort to drive the errant herders out of the region, said the monarch didn’t communicate the anger and pains of the Yoruba nation to the President during the visit.
He argued that the Ooni disappointed himself and the Yoruba nation with his alleged action.
He also revealed he rejected an invitation by the monarch because of his alleged failure to represent Yorubaland well before Buhari.
Igboho spoke on Wednesday morning in a virtual ‘Townhall with Yoruba in Diaspora’ monitored by The Nation.
Igboho had flushed out herders at Iganga in Ibarapa North Local Government of Oyo State at the expiration of a seven-day quit notice in January.
Oba Ogunwusi, who met with Buhari last week, had urged Igboho not to take laws into his hands.
The Ooni said Igboho has done well to speak 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 now afraid but we must keep praying for them to be united with one voice. They should not be afraid of arrest at their age. Some of them don’t even grant 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 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?”
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 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.”
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