By Abiola Olawale
Supporters of an O’odua activist, Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Igboho, raised £26,821 (14 million) via GoFundMe in two days to support his campaign against insecurity in Nigeria’s Southwest.
The account was created by Maureen Badejo, who is based in UK on Wednesday, for the purpose of purchasing buses for Igboho, after he called for support.
As at the time of filing this report late Friday, The New Diplomat checks revealed that 810 donors have donated a total sum of £26,821. According to the Friday’s exchange rate of pounds to naira, the fund raised equals N14,030,065 local currency. The fund raised is still far from the £100,000 target set by the mobilizer of the fundraising.
Igboho, had earlier called for support at a virtual town hall meeting, noting that he needed buses to transport his people to locations where his service is needed to address the security situation in the region.
Following the call, Badejo, a supporter of the activist opened a fundraiser account on his behalf.
In a short note left by the mobilizer of the fund raising, he called for the support of the campaign against insecurity led by Igboho.
The note reads, “Let’s us rise up and support Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, they need buses to move around to secure our ancestral land. Our security is threatened as we speak. It seems people in a position of authority are helpless.”
It would be recalled that Igboho, 48, has been in the news over the ultimatum he gave to the Fulani herders to vacate Ibarapa area of Oyo State.