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Don’t Brutalize Igboho, Yoruba Global Alliance Warns FG

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The Yoruba Global Alliance has warned the Federal Government not to brutalize Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, following his arrest in the Benin Republic, while en route to Germany. 

The group in a press statement on Tuesday by its director of public communication, Taju Tijani, said that it was regrettable that in the 21st century Nigerians are recording a muscular form of democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari, who according to it is daily retreating into a dangerous dictator bent on grounding Nigeria in shame among the comity of nations. 

The statement reads in part, “We are witnessing the sudden and shocking re-emergence of military chauvinism in virtually all areas of our national life. Sunday Igboho emerged like a messianic figure and with his disarming simplicity and humility was able to enlarge a circle of mutual trust and solidarity with his Yoruba tribe at a defining moment when his tribe faced genocide from Fulani herdsmen.”

The group maintained that Igboho gave Yoruba elevated understanding of the auguries that lay ahead of the activities of Fulani herdsmen are not curtailed in the South Western region of Nigeria, stressing that he contributed to new social engineering through his seamless and peaceful awareness rallies that soon gained universal respect and support from Yoruba worldwide.

The group further said, “We are aware that Nigeria has morphed into a “one chance” democracy that is bent on defending Fulani sectarian interest, curtail freedom, and use military clampdown on opposition figures. This totalitarian impulse ferment in ignorance, oppression, fear, and moral defeat. President Buhari has been deploying the logic of the ghetto to hunt self-determination groups while cuddling and pampering Fulani herdsmen, murderous bandits, merciless kidnappers, and criminals across Northern Nigeria.

The Yoruba Global Alliance warns that Sunday Igboho must not be physically brutalised.

“He must go through and exhaust all the judicial processes pertaining to extradition between Nigeria and Republic of Benin and must have legal representation all the way. The public must know the type of crime  Igboho committed to being declared wanted as we do not believe in the earlier trump up framing of stock pilling arms and ammunition levelled against him by the Nigerian state,” the statement added.

While faulting the attitude of the government in illegally clamping down opposition groups, the Yoruba Global Alliance stated, “The ongoing backward, illiterate, lawless and military form of stripping Nigerian protesters, self-determination and oppositional groups of their liberty and freedom under this ignoble All Progressives  Congress  (APC) led government of President Buhari must be recorded for accountability at the appropriate time.”

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