Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams says the attempt by the Federal Government to criminalise the case of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popular known as Sunday Igboho, is undemocratic and may lead to war.
The monarch said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, in reaction to the arrest of Mr. Igboho in Cotonou, Benin Repulic.
He stated that by clamping down on agitators, the government is making itself an enemy of the people.
Gani Adams urged the federal government to be fair in handling Igboho’s case because maltreatment may lead to war.
He said, “I think the FG should be fair to the young man because any attempt to trivialize issues of agitations might set this nation on fire.
“For example, the issue of self determination didn’t come up overnight. It was as a result of the long years of injustice, nepotism, and corruption occasioned by bad leadership.
“So, the FG will be making a big mistake if it decides to treat agitators of Yoruba nation as common criminals or enemies.
“Igboho has a right to his freedom. There is nothing bad for him to seek assylum in Republic of Benin, and he is entitled to seek refuge in a foreign land if he thinks his safety cannot be guaranteed here in Nigeria.”
The International Criminal Police Organisation had arrested Igboho and his wife Ropo at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night, as the couple were about to escape to Germany.