Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, says it is just sad that the government of president Muhammadu Buhari is threatening the common man living peacefully in the country, while “Fulani people are raping our people and killing our people in the forests but the security operatives are not going there to confront them.”
Igboho said this on Saturday while featuring on a radio programme, ‘City Talks with Reuben Abati’, noting that it should not be so.”
He alleged that the recent assault on his person by the operatives of the Department of State Services was an attempt to kill him.
DSS operatives had reportedly failed to arrest Igboho on Friday, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as he and his supporters were on their way to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo.
The DSS later denied having attempted to arrest him.
But in a video that went viral on the internet, a shirtless Igboho was seen with his men daring the security operatives in a hot exchange of words.
Igboho, speaking during the radio programme said he pulled off his shirt because one of the DSS operatives violently held onto my it. “So, I decided to pull off the cloth and give it to him for us to drag the matter.
“They started shooting when we began to drag the matter. The whole episode was an embarrassment for me. I am a responsible man, I am a Yoruba citizen, I am fighting for the rights of the Yoruba people. They don’t have to embarrass me.
“I’m a businessman. I pay my tax to the Federal Government every month and I have evidence of tax payment. Should I be going on the road and some people attempt to kill me? For what? Why do that want to kill me because their plan on Friday was to assassinate me. Why?
“There is insecurity in the country. Fulani people are raping our people and killing our people in the forests but the security operatives are not going there to confront them. Instead, they are offered ransom. It is just sad that the government is threatening the common man living peacefully in the country. It should not be so.”
According to Ignoho, a joint team of DSS operatives, soldiers, and civil defence were on the Friday mission to arrest him.
There was not a single policeman on the team, he added.
Igboho had last month issued an eviction notice to herdsmen, accused of heinous crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State to leave. He and his supporters later enforced the notice.