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Analysts explain why Sunday Igboho gave up his fight against herdsmen

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It is no longer news that Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho took up the challenge to defend his people in Ibarapa, Oyo State from the threat posed by herders. What is news is that he has abandoned the fight halfway and he is no longer interested in leading the South-West in their quest to rid themselves of the herdsmen menace.

Initially, Igboho cried out that his account had been frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria, then he declared that he will no longer speak to the media as he had appointed a spokesman.

It came as a shock when the news from the camp of the Ibarapa strong man on Thursday, 18th February, 2021 informed that he was giving up the fight.

In separate interviews with DAILY POST on the development, some political watchers and analysts bared their minds.

Comrade Waheed Lawal, the Chairman of Osun Civil Societies Coalition revealed that the declaration by Sunday Igboho that he is no longer fighting the herdsmen on behalf of the Yoruba did not surprise him in any way because he began the fight as an emergency activist and as one who may not have understood the rudiments of standing up for others.

He said, “Before we can answer the question of what could have informed his decision to declare he was no longer interested in fighting for the Yoruba cause against the Fulani herdsmen, there are important questions and pertinent facts that we should put into consideration.

“We should ask ourselves who are the Yoruba heroes and people of influence that should have ordinarily taken action on behalf of the South-West? Why exactly did they shy away from doing so? What made Sunday Igboho to pick up the fight against the Fulani herdsmen on behalf of the Yoruba race at first? Has the reason that prompted him to stand up and fight at first died off? Or did he get terrified of the social castigations that came his way along the line?

“An important fact of this matter remains that Sunday Igboho became an emergency activist as a matter of urgency and necessity that came alongside with the Fulani herdsmen clashes. While I commend Igboho’s decision to stand up and fight for his people when no one was willing to, I must also say that there are many others that can fight for the honour of the Yoruba if he had not come into the picture.”

He added that what informed his decision to quit was best known to him but strongly believes that the South-West will surely be defended against unlawful invaders.

Also speaking, Murtala Agboola, said Igboho was the only person fighting for the Yoruba, a development which should not be so.

To him, given the level of wanton killing of innocent people recently in the South-West, the people ought to have met to take a definite stand.

“What is the role of Aare Gani Adams? His people may have talked to him to soft-pedal, otherwise he may be used as a scapegoat by those in authority. I personally think his withdrawal is strategic. I may be wrong.”

Ayo Ologun is of the opinion that the action of Sunday Adeyemi and his recent decision cannot be unconnected with the fact that the people and places he expected to get support from were not forthcoming.

Ologun said that, “the fact remains that Igboho’s name has been written in gold. He stood up for a race when others developed cold feet.

“In my opinion, the recent attempt by the federal government to clip his wings by freezing his bank account and without support from notable individuals standing up for him at such a time might have been responsible for his decision to slow down.”

For Waheed Saka, Convener Dialogue 365, “Sunday Igboho’s choice of discontinuing his fight against Fulani herdsmen on behalf of the Yoruba is fundamentally his choice. There is nowhere he was appointed by the Yoruba in such a role ab-initio.”

He noted that the security challenges in Nigeria and the killer herdsmen menace in the South-West can never be erased by a mob approach but by the painstaking collective effort of all Yoruba sons and daughters.

Saka maintained that the effort is not a messianic or one man struggle for self-determination and that any attempt at ethnic profiling of a particular group will further endanger the region and complicate the security of the region and by extension the country.

He added that Sunday Igboho is a hero thrown up by circumstances and this was not the time to question the rationale behind his quitting.

On his part, a communications expert, Ismaeel Uthman stated that, “Igboho’s action might be as a result of lack of encouragement from the Yoruba political leaders and the traditional rulers in particular. He might also have reviewed his ‘struggle’ and discovered that he can’t win the war against the herdsmen whose leaders have obviously compromised the top echelon of Nigeria security agencies.

“Another point is that, Igboho can’t win the battle alone. He had taken a bold step which other people from the South-West, particularly the traditional rulers should support, but reverse is the case. So, what is the essence of going into a battle that you already know you cannot win?

“If you follow the trend when it started, Igboho won the hearts of some Yorubas by chasing out the Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, but the support began to drop when the warlord went to Ogun State for the same purpose. People started to warn him that he should take things easy. The words of encouragement began to drop. People started coming up with constitutional issues. In that wise, he could not do anything than to back down. I think he has taken a wise decision. When the time comes, no one will tell anyone to stand in defence of their land. It is just a matter of time,” he added.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State described Igboho as a child of circumstances and it was after Igboho took up the challenge that the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Chief Gani Adams took the decision to speak out.

Recently, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode visited Sunday Igboho at his Ibadan residence. During the visit, Igboho made the former minister to understand that his decision to quit was due to betrayal.

DAILY POST recalls that before the emergence of Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, political, religious and influential leaders in the South-West were quiet on the menace of herdsmen in the region, a situation which brought him into conflict with His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

The misunderstanding was later settled after the intervention of prominent Yoruba leaders and the Ooni later said he had forgiven him.

DAILY POST had also reported that a security expert and risk consultant, Mr. Onyekachi Adekoya stated that the comment of Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.) on the Kagara school abduction, that every Nigerian should defend themselves had further justified Igboho’s actions.

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End SARS: Judicial panel disposes 23 cases in Osun

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The Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings, on Friday said it has disposed of 23 cases out of 34 petitions before it.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.), disclosed this on Friday in Osogbo while speaking with journalists.

He disclosed that it reserved its recommendations as part of efforts to ensure justice and adequate compensations for all.

The retired Justice said the panel reserved its recommendations in some of the cases already concluded in line with judicial procedure.

Justice Oladimeji, who reaffirmed the commitment of the panel to ensure fairness and equity in all the petitions brought before it, said members of the panel had been working rigorously to ensure adequate compensations to those with good cases.

“We struck out 12 cases out of 23 cases that we have concluded and 3 cases had reached the final address stage, while 8 cases are pending for hearing and further hearing,” Oladimeji added.

Asked why the panel has not been awarding compensations to petitioners with genuine cases, Oladimeji said, “It is conventional to complete all the cases before awarding compensations”.

A petitioner, Chief Jelili Adegoke Raheem, had voluntarily withdrawn his petition before the panel following his decision to settle the matter.

The petitioner had in his petition claimed that he was beaten to stupor by one Superintendent Dayo Ezekiel who allegedly punched him for no reason on October 2nd, 2020 while exiting a motor-park around Oke-Baale, Osogbo.

The Counsel for the petitioner, Barrister Michael Akinwande, in an application forwarded before the panel for the withdrawal of the case, said his client had settled the matter amicably with the accused person before the adjournment.

He said it was interesting to know that the erring officer had complied with the order of the superior police officer that had earlier charged him to formally apologise to his client before the case was brought before the panel.

The panel however adopted the final address written by the counsel for Mr. Ibrahim Olagoke who had petitioned the police for brutality.

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EPL: Tuchel names player to miss Chelsea vs Man United match

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that centre-back, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Silva had missed Chelsea’s last five games because of a muscle thigh injury.

The Brazilian international sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel revealed that the 36-year-old would return to his squad next week.

“He [Thiago Silva] did an individual session today, on the pitch, and felt it was big progress,” said Tuchel.

“It’s a big step ahead for him, so I hope he will join the group next week.”

Chelsea head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Man United is 5:30 pm.

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APC has failed – PDP condemns kidnap of Zamfara schoolgirls

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned Friday’s attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

The party in a statement on Friday, said the terrifying spate of abduction and acts of terrorism in the country validates concerns that the All Progressives Congress and its administration have become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under their watch.

The party, while calling for full-scale investigation into the abduction, said it is alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration.

”Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.

”In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

”Indeed, our party weeps over the unfortunate situation that our nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated APC and its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation.

”APC had earlier been alerted of a link between APC and the outlaws. It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election

”Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreak havoc on our people.

The party, therefore, charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students.”

It also empathized with the families of the abducted children and well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the

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