Reactions in manifold have been trailing the attempted and foiled arrest of a popular Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo better known by his pseudonym Sunday Igboho on social media.
The vehicles of the self-styled Yoruba youth leader on Friday, February 26, were reportedly stopped by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Security (DSS) along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
According to former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, the self-styled activist was said to be on "his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo", a Yoruba elder and one of the Afenifere leaders in Lagos.
Igboho shot into prominence and became a cult hero following his quit notice to the Fulani herders in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun regions of Oyo state.
Since the video of the attempted arrest went viral, Nigerians on social media have been contributing their opinions especially on a micro-blogging platform, Twitter.
Political and social commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi, wrote:
"This guy right now is the least of your problems. Not even a Sunday Igboho Fan. All efforts should be directed inside the Forests occupied by terrorists, the one wrongfully tagged as bandits. Terrorists with enough amo to wage a war against multiple States in Nigeria."
Veteran journalist, Dele Momodu also wrote:
"Why this harassment of CHIEF SUNDAY IGBOHO by agents of a government that knows the whereabouts of bandits who live inside remote forests and won't go near them but have the temerity and shamelessness to terrorize a man who lives in his own beautiful home in Ibadan city!!!
Reno Omokri also commented:
"The reason Government lost control of the Boko Haram situation is because they killed Mohammed Yusuf, the only man able to call Boko Haram to order. If Muuhammadu Buhari kills Sunday Igboho, who will control his boys? The solution will become worse than the problem!"
Another tweep wrote:
"While Terrorists Were Busy Kidnapping Over 300 Students In Zamfara, A Joint Team Of DSS, Soldiers And Police Tried To Arrest Sunday Igboho This Afternoon. Yet, Sheikh Gumi Is Working Around Freely Negotiating With Terrorists And Killer Fulani Herdsmen. Welcome To One Nigeria!"
"I condemn this attempt to ambush& abduct him. It is not only reckless but also very dangerous. If the security agencies want to see him all they need to do is to invite him to their office. I am not aware of any crime that he has committed & I urge restraint on all sides."
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