The Ooni of Ife, Yoruba’s most powerful monarch, has claimed that talks are ongoing to rally support for Yoruba Nation campaigner Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), who is now on trial in the Benin Republic.
The Ooni stated that “efforts of sympathy and support” for Igboho were ongoing, but that not everything could be declared in public.
In a statement to Ejes Gist News, Moses Olafare, the Ooni of Ife’s spokesperson, indicated that it was absurd to suppose that the Yoruba traditional rulers did not back the uprising.
He insisted that their inactivity should not be misunderstood as inaction because they were making silent efforts.
“The Ooni of Ife has been making some solidarity and support efforts for Sunday Igboho,” Olafare stated. You can’t show solidarity for someone you’ve never backed.
“Just because the obas council hasn’t met to discuss that issue doesn’t mean the regional obas aren’t talking to each other about how to proceed on this subject. Whatever efforts are made, they are not required to be made public.
“At this important juncture, the royal fathers should not be expected to make public their efforts.” It would be naive to believe that the Alaafin (Oyo) and Alake (Egbaland) are doing nothing. They must be working on the issue as well, but they do not have to make their efforts public.”
Following his arraignment by the country’s authorities, Ejes Gist News claimed that Sunday Igboho was awaiting his destiny at the Cour De’Appal De Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Ejes Gist News reports that the activist does not want to be extradited to Nigeria.
Since then, Igboho has been detained by the police, however, his wife and the medical team now have access to him.
Ejes Gist News previously reported that Igboho was apprehended by Benin Republic authorities at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport in Cotonou three Mondays ago while attempting to fly from the country to Germany.
The activist’s home in Ibadan, Oyo state, was raided by the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 1.
Two days before the raid, Igboho had organised a “Yoruba Nation Rally” in Lagos.
The DSS invaded the house, murdering two persons and detaining 12 others, but Igboho managed to flee.
The agency said Igboho was stockpiling weapons and issued a warrant for his arrest.