- Ayo Fayose has cautioned against arresting popular Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho
- According to the former governor, a roundtable discussion is what is needed to address brewing ethnic tension in Oyo
- Fayose described Igboho as a messiah who stood for people when "big men stay in their houses and give orders"
Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has warned against arresting a self-styled Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho.
Speaking on Channels TV's Sunday Politics on Sunday, February 14, which was monitored by Legit.ng, the former governor said the issue of ethnic crisis in Oyo should be addressed using a roundtable discussion.
Fayose noted that Igboho cannot be overlooked "in the circumstances we have found ourselves", adding that the only way is to make peace with all the aggrieved sides.
The former governor said the Yoruba activist "Igboho might not be the best of persons" but he was the one who stood for people being attacked by criminal Fulani herders when "big men stay in their houses."
The former governor advised:
“The situation we have at hand now calls for everyone to come to a round table and appeal to their people.
“Sunday Igboho might not be the best of persons but the fact remains that when crises come, they come from the lower cadre of the society and people like him are the ones that can talk to the people. Big men stay in their houses and will send people out to go and resolve it."
Learn from me - Fayose tells Makinde
Meanwhile, the former governor of Ekiti state has told Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo to take a centre stage and be more proactive in his handling of the Yoruba-Hausa crisis in Shasha community of Akinyele local government area.
Speaking on Channels TV's Sunday Politics, Fayose described the ethnic tension in the Shasha community as unfortunate. The former governor called for calm and collective efforts to fight the growing wave of insecurity in the country.
Fayose urged Governor Makinde not to sleep and treat the brewing ethnic crisis with a kid glove, adding that when the same incident happened in Ekiti, as a governor he solidly took charge.
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