- Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown his weight behind popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho
- Fani-Kayode also stated that almost all Yoruba people are in support of Igboho recent actions
- The former minister clarified the misconceptions about the Yoruba activist, saying he is only against killer-herdsmen
Former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, says popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, speaks for 99 per cent of the southwest indigenes in the country.
Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the comment while speaking to Punch newspaper.
According to him, the Yoruba activist was against criminals in Oyo state and not against the Fulani stock.
“Igboho speaks the mind of 99 per cent of Yoruba people. Many will not say this publicly but he does. What I won’t accept and I know this is not his position, is that he should target Hausa-Fulani people in the southwest who have done nothing wrong.”
Similarly, the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has stated that Igboho, who championed activism against killer-herdsmen, became prominent because of certain circumstances.
He, however, called for the situations that led to Igboho’s interventions in security issues to be examined, adding that the activist is 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.
In a related development, Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has warned Nigerian authorities against arresting Igboho.
The former governor said the issue of ethnic crisis in Oyo should be addressed using a roundtable discussion, adding that Igboho cannot be overlooked.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.