Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho on Friday called on President Muhammadu Buhari in a New Year message to address insecurity.
The activist said in the message signed by one his lawyers Pelumi Olajengbesi that he is not at war with the president, governors or any government official.
“Let it be abundantly clear that I am not at war with President Buhari, the Governors or anybody in government. What I want the government to do is to address the genesis of my agitation for a Yoruba Nation,” he said.
“The genesis is the insecurity in Ibarapaland and other places in the entire Yorubaland where farmers were maimed, hacked to death, kidnapped and raped as if there are no security agents in the country. Everybody deserves to be protected and feel safe in their country regardless of their tribe, religion or political leanings.”
He said he rose to his people’s defence as they could no longer go to their farmlands for fear of being attacked by herdsmen.
“My message is that in 2022, the government should rise up and put an end to the havoc caused by herdsmen that are criminals and give everyone a sense of belonging – whether foreign or locals — and stop the attack of our people in Yorubaland.
“I am not selfish about myself, I am more concerned about helpless citizens who buried their loved ones to aimless killings in 2021 and I pray the Almighty God would stop the killings of innocent people in Nigeria,” he added.
Sunday Igboho is being held in Benin Republic following his arrest on July 19, 2021 at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on travel-related charges.
The Ibadan-based activist was en route to Germany when he was arrested. Prior to that, the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded his home in Ibadan on July 1 and declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling ammunition.