Insecurity: Nigerian governor discloses what led to the emergence of Sunday Igboho

Insecurity: Nigerian governor discloses what led to the emergence of Sunday Igboho

- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state believes Sunday Igboho would not have gained prominence if certain situations did not occur

- Ondo state has been having security challenges blamed on criminal herdsmen

- Akeredolu explains why he does not support people taking laws into their hands

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The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has stated that Sunday Adeyemi also known as Igboho, who championed activism against herdsmen, became prominent because of certain circumstances.

The governor made the statement on Monday, February 15, during an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today.

Insecurity: Nigerian governor discloses what led to the emergence of Sunday Igboho
Rotimi Akeredolu recently visited Oyo state following a clash between Yoruba and Hausa ethnic groups. Photo: @SundayIgboho1, @RotimiAkeredolu
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He called for the situations that led to Igboho’s interventions in security issues to be examined.

Akeredolu said:

''Sunday Igboho is a child of circumstance. We must look at the circumstance that led to each of these interventions.

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“There are things that we do at times that you have to know what led to them. Those circumstances might not be justifiable, might not be legal, but again when you look at it, you’ll know we are a child of circumstance.”

The Ondo governor noted that he does not support illegality and people taking laws into their hands, noting that that is why he has been advocating for people in the southwest to shun violence or jungle justice.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi state government has put forward an explanation on the statement of Governor Bala Mohammed justifying Fulani herders carrying AK-47 for self-defence.

In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Muktar Gidado, a senior special assistant on media, said the comment of the principal was misunderstood, The Punch reports.

Mohammed maintained that since the host communities and government of host states failed to protect the herders, it is imminent that the Fulani herders carry guns as self-defence.

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The governor also berated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for issuing an eviction notice to the criminal herders residing in the Ondo forest reserves.

In another news, Senate Enyinnaya Abaribe has said President Muhammadu Buhari's lack of action has emboldened criminal herdsmen.

The Senate minority leader made the statement on Monday, February 15, when speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He stated that it was necessary for the president to openly condemn the activities of criminal herdsmen.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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