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Igboho Insults Ooni, Makinde, Others, Complains of Lack of Financial Support

Sunday Igboho has described the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, as Fulani puppets.

Igboho also tongue-lashed some Yoruba leaders, including traditional rulers, declaring they are not interested and supporting the struggle to liberate the Yoruba from their ”Fulani oppressors”.

Igboho who made these accusations in a virtual town hall meeting, categorically said the Ooni and others are selfish and self-centred, even if they publicly claim to represent the Yoruba interest.

The meeting kicked off at 11:15 pm on Tuesday, and ended at 1 am on Wednesday. It had more than 1000 participants from Nigeria and the Diaspora.

Igboho joined the meeting at 12:16 am, saying he was just entering Oyo town to see Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, for a meeting adding that the monarch is a supporter of his struggle.

According to him, his fight to liberate the Yoruba and bring lasting peace is not because of the police but for all Yoruba people, irrespective of their location.

He said: “I am not concerned about the police. The struggle is about Yoruba agenda as it concerns security situation in our land and I trust Yoruba people for support. People are afraid because of the atrocities of the herders. We also pray that our leaders will support us irrespective if their fear of being arrested. They should be able to talk to President Muhammadu Buhari on security in Yoruba land.

“When Ooni visited Buhari, the president received him by standing up but he said something I don’t like. That is why the Alaafin called me. He wants to tackle what Ooni said.”

Igboho said he has not gotten financial support from anyone, saying he needs buses to commute his followers to places where the herders are raging in their crimes.

“I need buses to transport people. The three vans we use are bought by me. We lost three buses that were hired on our way to Oyo. Ooni should be able to tell Buhari about what Yoruba want. But he has collected dollars from Buhari. He called me but I don’t want to see him. Only Alaafin is supporting us and he has written a letter to the president. Ooni disappointed me. Politicians are with him,” he added.

The youth leader also lambasted Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, for calling himself an Emir. He said money has made some Yoruba Leaders sell themselves to ethnic tribes who are oppressing their people.

“The Oluwo will wear a turban and start calling himself an Emir, our people should call him and tell him to stop what he is doing. Our leaders are lazy and slaves to Fulanis. They visit Abuja to collect money, we will attack them and destroy their property. Ooni should be dealt with. I am annoyed. Why should we be afraid of the crown they (Yoruba monarchs) wear?

“Tinubu and other Yoruba politicians are Fulani slaves. We need not be afraid. I have not collected any money from anyone. I am a full Yoruba man and I will not allow Fulani people to enslave me, we do not look or behave alike in any way. The herders should go. Makinde is also a slave to the herders because of second term ambition,” Igboho said.

During the meeting, some of the participants advised Igboho to stop recording and releasing videos of his activities. Another caller also urged him to stop attacking Yoruba leaders, saying they are not publicly supporting him because they are respecting the Nigerian constitution.

A caller mentioned that Yoruba monarchs should desist from giving lands to the herders, further calling on the people to rise in support of Igboho.

By the time the meeting came to an end, several WhatsApp groups were set up and two account numbers were circulated for people to donate money in support of Igboho.

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