By David Adenekan
To say the trial and travail of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho Oosa) in the Republic of Benin is the best unifying force that has happened to the Yoruba nation in this generation is to say the least.
Moreover, if not for the trial and travail of their kinsman, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho in the Republic of Benin, who would have ever thought that the Yoruba solidarity for a nation of their own identity would be echoed and supported all over the world by millions of Yoruba people, whose countries of nationality are not of Nigeria.
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Suffice it to say that the solidarity movement for the freedom of Chief Sunday Igboho, a presumptive arrowhead of the fight for the Yoruba nation, is not limited to millions of Yoruba people in neighbouring countries like the Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana but includes many countries like Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, England, France, Germany, United States of America and Trinidad and Tobego.
At this juncture, is it not ironic to say that Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho Oosa) is not the historical and unifying symbol of our struggle for a Yoruba nation? Can anyone dispute the fact that Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho is not today, the natural leader of our struggle for the Yoruba nation?
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Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s audacity to dare the “iron fist” of Muhammadu Buhari and his administration, and speaks to power when it matters most and seems like we are being enslaved, powerless and voiceless, has earned him the icon of our struggle for self-determination.
Also, in his quest for the Yoruba nation, beyond the shores of Nigeria, he has found solace in the recollections of the Yoruba tribe in the Republic of Benin. What a great stride in the annals of our political history!
In light of this, the many disjointed and dislocated Yoruba souls that the western world countries like England, the United States of America, Spain, France, Portugal and Poland had long balkanized and bastardized in the wake of slavery, colonialism and imperialism, suddenly realized their identity as people of the Yoruba race.
Yes, the pride of a people is never to lose her identity, and also to strive hard at any cost to regain her subconscious identity when her pride as a people is being humiliated, undignified and alienated.
Today, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho is the mantra for that struggle to regain our unique identity and reposition our race as a unifying force for the pride of Africa.
The fundamental questions we need to ask, are as follows:
One, will more than 40% of the Yoruba tribe in the Republic of Benin not do everything possible to protect and preserve the dignity of their identity as a Yoruba race and, is the arrest of Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho on frivolous charges not bring home the fact that the attack on Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho is the attack on the identity of the Yoruba people in the Republic of Benin? This is taking into cognizance the fact that he is fighting against the extermination of the Yoruba race.
Two, is the exception to the law of the land that Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho may have violated or broken in the Republic of Benin, not the principle of self-preservation; which is the first law of nature? Is the right to self-preservation vis-a-vis, self-determination not guaranteed in the human rights charter of the United Nations?
Three, will it not be at the peril of the judicial system of the Republic of Benin, to blatantly ignore the unwavering support of millions of the Yorubas in the country for Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho to regain his freedom?
It is pertinent to say that, a law that will not consider human value and popular public opinion would end in lawlessness or a chaotic situation. In other words, “Law is made for man and not man for the law”.
Moreover, whatever travail Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho Oosa) is going through in the Republic of Benin is the exigency and test of time. It is a matter of time, the will of the people must prevail.
Also, it is important to say that the fight against the overbearing influence of the Fulanis’ dangerous threat towards committing ethnic cleansing is real and, it is a fight for the survival of the Yoruba race.
Suffice it to say that, the subconscious of millions of the Yoruba people, all over the globe, are awakened to the realities on the ground that the Yoruba language, customs and tradition may forever go into extinction if we allow the Fulani to conquer Yoruba land in Nigeria.
This is also going to have contagious effects on the millions of Yoruba people in neighbouring countries like the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
It should be noted that the Fulani conquest war will not stop in Nigeria but it would spread to many countries in sub-Sahara Africa like a wildfire.
In addition, the desperate attempt to take over Yoruba land is a strategic preparation for the feudal lord to take over the whole region of Sub Sahara Africa under the pretence of a Jihadist war and Islamisation. Yoruba land from, Ilaje in Ondo state to Island in Lagos state is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean and this is a great frontier and trade route to link up with the rest of the world. The economic strategic location of Yoruba land in the so-called “Evil Fulani Agenda” cannot be overemphasized.
This is a clarion call to all and sundry for the urgent need to rally around, great support for the efforts of many like Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho to stop the ethnic cleansing and defend our native land.
Yes, Yoruba all over the world should put their differences aside and stop the carnage that is being perpetrated by the marauders/Fulani terrorists.
An injustice to one is an injustice to all, and by all means possible, the Yoruba people in the Republic of Benin should garner or mobilize unflinching support for Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho to regain his freedom and be allowed to continue his fight for self-determination.
YORUBA NATION NOW!!!
In summary, we must not all forget that the unique preservation of our identity as a nation is the pride of Africa (“Awa ni mole ile adulawo”).
“A stitch in time saves nine”.
David Adenekan writes from Chicago, Illinois.
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