From Segun Amure, (The New Diplomat’s Abuja Bureau)
His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ile-Ife has advised O’odua Activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho to tread carefully on the vacation order he gave to herders in Ibarapa North Local Government of Oyo State, to avoid his good mission of restoring peace to communities in Southwest from being misconstrued and hijacked.
Oba Adeyeye who spoke through the Palace Spokesman, Moses Olafare advised Igboho to be careful so that people with ulterior motives would not hijack his ‘genuine’ intention to cause disunity in the country.
Ooni praised the activist for defending the helpless people and advised him to exercise caution by allowing security agencies to carry out their duties in dealing with criminals marauding as herdsmen in the South West.
The statement reads, “Let us be very objective. He (Igboho) is being a mouthpiece for the downtrodden. He came up and everybody is listening now but my advice to him as a traditional ruler is that he needs to be very careful so that the politicians won’t hijack the whole motive from him.”
Ooni of Ife who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday to discuss ways on how to douse the ethnic tension that followed vacation orders in Oyo and Ondo called on Igboho not to take the law into his hands but allow constituted authorities to handle the security challenge in the state.
Ooni further added that, “He has done well and we’ve already praised him but he shouldn’t take laws into his hands. We have the governor there, he is the chief security officer of the state and Mr President has invited him (Makinde). Let the right people that are being authorised to do what is right do it.”
Notably, “We know that the bandits are everywhere. He shouldn’t take laws into his hands. We have laws in this country and we should follow it. Let the right people chosen for this task do and follow what they are supposed to do.” Ooni said.
The O’odua Activist, popularly known as Igboho had earlier ordered Fulani herders in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State to vacate due to insecurity, kidnapping, among other acts of criminality running rampant in the area. The order has since spark deluge of reactions across the country as leaders and groups continue to speak with voices of cacophony.