Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, says his struggle to defend the people of Southwest should not be compared with that of Nnamdi Kanu of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“I am not Kanu and I am not like Kanu. Kanu is working on his agenda; perhaps, he doesn’t carry his people along. This is about the Yoruba people being killed, raped, extorted, oppressed and dehumanised in their own land. What we want is justice, peace, harmony and good governance, ” Igboho said in an interview.
The firebrand activist, who said he is into car dealership as well as oil and gas business, dismissed insinuations in some quarters that his recent quit notice herdsmen in Oyo State was to gain political capital for future electoral contest.
“I am not going into politics and I am not doing this to seek any form of popularity,” Igboho said, adding that he is ready to discuss with governors to find solution to herdsmen crisis.
“If they call me for a meeting to discuss the burning issue of security to end the impunity by the killer herders, I shall gladly oblige. I am ready for any genuine approach to stopping the herders’ madness against our parents, brothers and sisters in Yorubaland.
“Why should our people, harmless for that matter, be going through all the horrible experiences without getting justice? And everybody folds their arms, looking on as if nothing is wrong?” Igboho queried.
He, however, vowed to continue the struggle to defend Yoruba people despite the threat to his life.
“I am not afraid of anything or anyone but God. God is the owner and controller of every soul. It is only God who can kill me. No human being can kill me, so I cannot be afraid of any mortal.
“My children challenge and persuade me to quit every day. They wave the caution sign to me every time. My wife is also very worried about the cause that I fight but I have to do this for the liberation of my people, anyway. But I am equally worried for my people who are being dehumanised and oppressed in their own territory for no just reason.
“Those who should address the issue just fold their arms and watch because they are compromised. This struggle is for the good of all so that when I am gone they would not live in subjection.
“Yoruba people should be united and stop playing politics with the lives of our people. We deserve to be united, so I preach unity of purpose among the Yoruba people. Our royal fathers, politicians, the youth and the elders should speak with one voice.
” There should not be dispute or discord in Yorubaland. I appeal to all units to speak with one voice. Our Kabiyesis should speak with one voice, likewise the politicians. They should remember history; our leaders should remember that the first Oyo Empire was mowed down by this same set of people.
“The second Oyo Empire at Igboho Oyo was equally destroyed by the same people. This time, our people must be protected by all Yoruba people.”