Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere, has stated that the agitation by Yoruba rights activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho is due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) failure to protect lives and property.
When Fulani people were rapping, killing, and kidnapping in Igboho’s area, Adebanjo said on Arise News’ The Morning Show on Thursday that no help was given.
He pointed out that Igboho’s uncle, who had returned from America to start a farm, had also been a victim of the area’s atrocities. According to him, this prompted the rights activist to rise in retaliation.
“It is because of the failure of Buhari to protect lives and property in his area,” Adebanjo said.
“The Fulani people there are raping, kidnapping, and depriving the farmers of their farmland. They killed his uncle who came all the way from America to establish a farm. They destroyed the farm and killed him.
“They kidnapped the monarch in the area, the children and raped the women.
“He rose in retaliation because neither the federal nor the state government came to their aid to arrest or stop the culprit.
“That is the action that caused the reaction of Igboho.”
When Igboho issued an ultimatum requiring killer herdsmen to leave the South-West, Adebanjo clarified that he was not referring to all Fulani.
He said this just days after authorities in the Republic of Benin detained Igboho as he attempted to board a plane bound for Germany after the Department of State Services declared him wanted.
By Olutayo Olusanya