The acting leader of the foremost Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, has once again taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged one-sided policies and actions that are tearing the country apart.
The elder statesman accused the President of not dealing with the underlying security issues like killings – allegedly perpetrated by his kinsmen – that threw up the likes of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho but focusing on dealing with the two men.
Adebanjo, a renowned lawyer, said the federal government has no right under the law to seek Igboho’s extradition from Benin Republic.
He asked “God to deal with Buhari” for allegedly being a thorn in the flesh of the Yoruba and other non-Fulani tribes.
A few weeks after Ighoho was declared “wanted” by the Department of State Services (DSS), Benin Republic’s security forces arrested him in Cotonou while he was trying to travel to Germany with his wife.
Nigerian authorities have been pushing for the extradition of the Yoruba nation agitator from the Francophone country.
In an interview with Arise TV, Adebanjo described Igboho as a “political prisoner” and a product of Buhari’s nepotism and refusal to rein-in his Fulani ethnic stock who he said are behind killings and abductions in Yorubaland.
The 93-year-old said Nigerian authorities are only terrified of Igboho’s popularity, saying “the-power-that-be wants to kill him because he’s leading a popular revolt”.
He added that “Buhari may depend on chariots and everything, but we have God. And we call on our God to deal with Buhari”.
“He is a political refugee. He didn’t commit any crime here. He didn’t kill anybody. He didn’t run away from anybody after committing a crime. He ran for his life because the-powers-that-be want to kill him because of his agitation. Because he’s leading a popular revolt,” Adebanjo said.
“When they see the crowd that Igboho is pulling at every meeting, that is what is terrifying them. Can Buhari summon the crowd that Igboho is summoning each time he holds a meeting, even with the fact that he [Buhari] gives money to who will attend the meeting, that is a rented crowd?”
Reminded that Igboho was asked to submit himself to the Department of State Services for questioning but chose to run out of the country, Adebanjo said: “You’re looking for somebody’s life, and you ask him to come and surrender himself. Who will do that?”
On Buhari’s alleged dictatorial tendencies, he said: “He has muzzled everybody: the press can’t talk, and there is a limit to questions that broadcasters can ask now without them closing the station. Keeping everybody quiet. But I tell you, Buhari may depend on chariots and everything, but we have God. And we call on our God to deal with Buhari. Because we are helpless, and he has all the ammunition of power.”