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Oluwo urges monarchs, others to meet Buhari for Igboho’s release

By Timothy Agbor (Osogbo) and Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan)
22 November 2021   |   4:01 am
A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has enjoined Yoruba monarchs, elders and stakeholders to take a walk to President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday ‘Igboho.’

Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi

Why we’ve not met President on agitator, by YCE
A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has enjoined Yoruba monarchs, elders and stakeholders to take a walk to President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday ‘Igboho.’

Oba Akanbi said the release of Igboho would go a long way in strengthening the Nigeria’s unity.

Oluwo, who appealed to Yoruba monarchs to harmonise their interest towards the release of the detained agitator, said that oneness of Nigeria could be further cemented by the release of Igboho and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

He also enjoined Buhari to honour Yoruba monarchs and stakeholders, saying such a cachet will convince Yoruba home and abroad to respect the unity of the country.

Oluwo, however, urged the Federal Government to effectively relate with Benin Republic on bilateral ground and ensure Igboho’s release.

He said such action would encourage more patriots from Yoruba land.

MEANWHILE, the Yoruba elders, under the aegis of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), at the weekend, gave reasons the elders have not met with the President to negotiate a political way-out that will lead to the release of Sunday ‘Igboho’.

Secretary -General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, who spoke with The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said members of the YCE were handicapped for lack of facts on the matter, saying the elders could not act without facts.

Olajide emphasised that if the elders have the facts, they would mount pressure on Buhari to adopt a political solution.

He said: “We want to intervene for Igboho but unfortunately, we have not been able to get any linkage with his supporters. We want to have the facts and also know his lawyers in Benin Republic. We can’t act without knowing the fact of the case. We want to intervene and appeal to the Federal Government to adopt a political solution to Igboho’s ordeal. We have an ambassador in the Benin Republic.

“But we want to know the fact before we mount pressure on the President to adopt and apply a political solution. That is where we have been handicapped”.