- A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has explained why it is unnecessary for the federal government to arrest Sunday Igboho
- Falana spoke about issues that need to be addressed by the government
- The lawyer raised concerns over violent attacks on farmers by suspected armed herders
A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has advised the federal government not to arrest a Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho.
Falana in a statement on Sunday, April 4, said the federal government should address pressing issues such as the worsening insecurity in the country instead of seeking to detain the activist, The Punch reported.
The lawyer wrote:
“Instead of asking the police to arrest Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho) and possibly detain him, the Federal Government should take urgent steps to address the allegations of lopsided appointments and violent attacks on farmers by armed herders.''
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The human rights lawyer also pointed out that the Buhari administration is faced with the crises of youth unemployment and mass poverty that should be addressed without any further delay.
According to PM News, he advised the federal and state governments to implement programmes that will discourage Nigerians from campaigning for secession.
Legit.ng recalls that Sunday Igboho became popular when he gave a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate Ibarapa, Oyo State due to the alleged criminal activities of armed herders.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has distanced itself from the secessionist call being championed by Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Igboho had recently said Yoruba is no longer part of Nigeria, calling on people of the ethnic group residing in the north to go back home.
However, Kunle Olajide, the secretary-general of the YCE said Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession, The Cable reported.
Similarly, Nigerian senators from the southern parts of the country have resolved to uphold the unity of Nigeria amid calls for secession from some Yoruba and Igbo groups.
According to The Nation, the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who spoke on behalf of the southern senators’ forum on Wednesday, March 24, said the caucus believes in Nigeria’s unity.