How I begged Sunday Igboho to avoid bloodbath — Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare

The serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly Pastor Tunde Bakare says he reached out to activist Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho to stand down on his threat to eject Fulani herdsmen from the south-west.

The activist had given herders accused of crimes in Ibarapa, Oyo State seven days to leave the town. With his supporters, he enforced the eviction notice, leading to several deaths and property destroyed.

In an Instagram Live chat on Tuesday night with journalist Dele Momodu, Bakare said: “Immediately Sunday Igboho gave that ultimatum, I knew there was trouble if nothing was done immediately. And he carried out what he said he would carry out.

“What did I do? As an individual, I found a way of reaching out to him ( Sunday Igboho). I have never met him before, never spoken to him before but I reached out to him and after a while, he called me and I said, ‘I appeal to you by the mercies of God, two wrongs cannot make a right, you have proved your point, let us find alternative solution so that there would be no bloodbath.’

“He promised to come and see me in Lagos and I had made preparations for him to come but unfortunately, his father took ill and he had to take him to the hospital.

“I also followed to ensure I prayed for the father. I told him, I am not saying you are right or you are wrong, that is not the issue but please, if you carry out this threat, it would lead to something bigger than you and you do not want to go down in history as someone who had good intention of defending the rights of his people but ended up bringing them a bloodbath.”

Bakare also said the activist thanked him and promised to visit him in Lagos.