Igboho: Buhari brought Nigeria back to Abacha Days, engaging in ethnic cleansing – afenifere
Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere reacted to the attack on the residence of Yoruba rights activist Sunday Adeyemo, known as Sunday Igboho.
The group condemned the style in which State Service Department (DSS) agents stormed the Soka, Ibadan, Oyo state residence in Igboho at around 1 a.m. on Thursday.
SaharaReporters previously reported that some of the occupants of the house were allegedly taken away by the invaders while two people were reportedly killed in the attack.
The group’s acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in an interview with BBC Pidgin, said the attack was a “sad reminder of what Nigerians went through under the inglorious regime of the late General Sani Abacha” .
Chief Afenifere said: “We are now back to the time of the Abacha, when they decided to kill us all. They shelled the house in Akirinade, they tried to kill Pa (Ayo) Adesanya. Many others have escaped by a hair’s breadth.
“I have already said that the agenda of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to peuliser this country. They said they have information that Igboho has weapons in his house. Fair enough; go ahead with an arrest warrant or a search warrant and do your job.
“Even if there had been a break-in, then you should break the house down?” This is to tell you the bad intention to kill everyone there. Is this the job of a democratic government? If you have a criminal, you arrest him and pursue him; let the law take its course.
“In December 2018, they killed 800 Christians on Christmas Eve in Kaduna. It’s recorded. He sent the vice president there to stop the uprising. He did not send the army and the DSS after the culprits.
Adebanjo added, “They went to Agatu, Benue. (Governor Samuel) Ortom said he knew the perpetrators. They wrote him a letter that they were coming back to. He went to Buhari to report. He did not send the army.
“Now, all the elected governors of the south, regardless of party, have come to the conclusion that the insecurity in the region is caused by killer shepherds. He ignored them.
“The Presidency decides to exhume a law that does not exist. It is obvious that the president is not interested in peace, but in the pursuit of a Fulani agenda. And it is unfortunate.
Informed that Secret Service agents said Igboho had weapons in his house, hence the raid, the Afenifere leader said, “My dear, this is blatant nonsense! Fix some nonsense! Is this the way to go in a constitutional democracy? Invade someone’s house at midnight?
“This is how they attacked the judges at night, claiming they were looking for corrupt judges. No one is saying they shouldn’t stop. But there is a constitutional procedure.
“Has the president done the same with the famous people wreaking havoc across the country? I don’t agree with violence. But is there more freedom of movement and association? So it’s ethnic cleansing.
“Igboho has arms?” But are they looking at the action that caused this reaction? People attack him.