- Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, said President Buhari told him that Sunday Igboho needed to exercise patience
- The monarch said this in an interview where he talked about how Igboho's secession agitation landed him in prison
- According to Ooni, Igboho was fighting a just cause but his approach was wrong and he was also misled by some politicians
The first-class monarch in an interview published by BBC News Yoruba said Igboho rejected advice offered him by the traditional rulers sent to dialogue with him.
Ooni narrated that he met President Muhammadu Buhari over Sunday Igboho and explained the reasons behind the activist's agitation.
What President Buhari said about Sunday Igboho
In his reaction, Ooni recalled that President Buhari said Igboho needs to be “calm and patient”.
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He said the president also asked monarchs in the southwest region to advise Igboho against moves that are against the law.
“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.
“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.
“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.
“We are trying our best to secure his release."
Sunday Igboho fighting a just cause
The monarch noted that Igboho has a just cause to fight but said he should have been more diplomatic.
He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.
On his part, Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in the Benin Republic.
He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.
FG identifies Sunday Igboho’s alleged sponsors
Meanwhile, the federal government said it has uncovered Igboho's financiers.
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, October 22.
The AGF explained that a committee set up by the federal government unravelled how Igboho got monies from 43 bank accounts across nine banks. He said investigations revealed that Igboho was being mainly financed by a member of the National Assembly.
Igboho’s lawyer blows hot, dares Malami to name lawmaker sponsoring activist
Also, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), one of the counsels to Igboho, has reacted to the recent claims made against his client.
Aliyu in a statement faulted the claims made by Malami, saying that the minister's claims are not hard facts.
He stated that the alleged money transferred to Abbal Bako and sons owned by Abdullahi Umar is a mere conjecture.