The Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has described the allegation of terrorism slammed against Yoruba Nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, as an inconsistent expression, coined to tarnish “a noble and Constitutional struggle of the Yoruba people”.
The Group, led by a renowned Historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye, opined that the statement linking Ighoho with an indicted sponsor of terrorism is “empty, watery, cruel and irresponsible”, stating that “the Nigerian Government is just chasing shadows and attempting to bully the struggle for Self-Determination of the Yoruba people out of relevance”.
In a statement late Friday evening, the Communications Secretary of IOO, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Our preliminary position is that having been defeated legally and morally, the Fulani-controlled Government of Nigeria is now chasing shadows, bullying the truth, and making an inconsistent attempt to tarnish a noble struggle of the Yoruba people.
“FG also accused an invincible lawmaker of sponsoring Ighoho and the struggle for self-determination in Yorubaland. The transactions between Ighoho and the Federal lawmaker was dated back to 2013. That was hilarious and absolutely inconsistent. Was there a struggle for Self-Determination In 2013?
“We are, however, glad that the Nigerian Government is now displaying heavy shallowness and emptiness before the world while attempting to bully and tarnish a just and constitutional agenda that has been declared noble and legal by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction which the Government has not appealed against.
“To us in IOO, the accusations against Ighoho are ridiculous, cruel, petty, irresponsible, and childish. The Nigerian Government is now frustrated having lost the battle against the agitations for Self-Determination, both in the courts of law and public opinion, hence, resorted to blackmail and media bully.
“Therefore, the Yoruba people are anxiously waiting to know the invincible Federal lawmaker accused by the Fulani-controlled Nigerian Government of supporting Ighoho so that we can celebrate him or her as a true son or daughter of the soil for associating with a just and noble cause.”