*says he too should be granted amnesty as an agitator, not a criminal
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Governor of Oyo State and the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja on Tuesday disclosed that there is the need for the Federal Government to handle the issue of arrest of Yoruba Rights activists, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho with caution
Speaking with newsmen at his Bodija house in Ibadan, the Osi Olubadan stressed that if care is not taking by the government, the arrest of Sunday Igboho would lead to creation of many more Sunday Igboho into the society.
Senator Ladoja who earlier in the day observed his Eid El Kabir prayers at the University of Ibadan praying ground emphasized that rather than treating Sunday Igboho as a criminal, Federal Government should grant him amnesty as granted some Boko Haram members.
The former governor lamented that it was unfortunate that Sunday Igboho was created by the Federal Government having failed to resolve the various insecurity problems in the country like the incessant killings, kidnapping among others at the
” If Sunday Igboho is arrested today and the attitude did not change, many Sunday Igboho will surface. It has never been bad like this. It is unfortunate that the President is turning deaf ears.Just like Kanu, has become a leader to some people, Sunday Igboho is also a leader to some people “, he said
The former governor added, ” it is not the arrest that is important to me. It is the federal government that created Sunday Igboho. It is the Federal Government that created him. It was in respect of killings in Igangan and other areas. When the perpetrators are arrested, they will claim that they have power from above and they will release them”.
He stressed further that it was the federal government of Nigeria that created Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu with its failure to address incessant cases of kidnapping, killings and attack of innocent citizens across the country with the suspected herdsmen getting off the hook few days after being arrested
“The Fulani herdsmen have killed many people in Ibarapa here in Oyo state, Dr. Fatai Aborode, Alhaji Sherifat Adisa were killed, nobody was arrested. That is why Sunday Igboho resulted into self help. It was because of these that Sunday Igboho came and became an hero.”
Emphasizing that Federal government should not treat the agitators as criminals but should give amnesty to them as they have done to Boko Haram members in Borno State, adding, “if the situation is not well managed, many Kanu, Igboho will surface. They should give them amnesty just like the way they are given Boko Haram.”