Nigeria’s vocal former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the recent attack on the house of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
Recall that the Department of State Services raided Igbodo’s house on Thursday morning, killing two and arresting others.
Reacting to the development, Kayode in a statement on Facebook, while decrying the act, asked the federal government to desist from going after Igboho.
“My question is this: what has this man done to deserve this? There is nothing he has been asked to do in terms of keeping the peace in the South West by the Federal Government and the Yoruba elders that he has not done including guaranteeing the security and safety of the local Hausa Fulani population, building bridges, keeping the peace and having dialogue with other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
“Whilst others were attacking innocent Hausa Fulanis in the South West Sunday was protecting them. He has also shown the greatest respect to all the Yoruba elders, traditional rulers and leaders and has refused to allow his supporters to terrorise and attack non-Yorubas.
“The only enemies he and the Yoruba people have are the foreign Fulani terrorists that are in our forests and that are kidnapping and killing our people.
And whether Sunday is alive or dead those terrorists will still be our enemies and we shall still resist them in our land with all our might.
“I consider all this and I ask myself whether all those that said we were wasting our time building bridges were right. Despite all I do not believe they were right and I still believe we must tread that path. These efforts at establishing peace and unity will and must continue because we have no other choice. War is not an option for the Nigerian people and we must NEVER be pushed into it.
“Sunday is the living manifestation of Oduduwa himself and he speaks the mind of over 70 million Yorubas throughout the world. Whoever is trying to kill him is making a big mistake and is pulling the tail of a wild lion and poking the eye of a sleeping giant.
“For the sake of Nigerian peace and unity and in the name of God I call on the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari himself to leave Sunday and his group alone and to tread the path of peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and understanding.
“That is the only way to avoid a major conflict which may eventually degenerate into a civil war.
Sunday comes in peace and the entire leadership of the South West can guarantee this. It serves only the purpose of the jingoists and the war mongers on both sides of the divide to kill or arrest him.
If he is wanted by the security agents all they need to do is to invite him. They do not need to raid his home in the middle of the night, kill his people, steal his things, terrorise his supporters and attempt to kill him.
“They do not need to invoke the wrath of the Yoruba nation and attempt to manage the consequences of such a reckless and unpredictable course.
Whether we are separatists or integrationists,
Nigeria is dear to us all.
“Let her not be turned into a theater of war by manipulative foreign forces and diabolical interest groups that seek to utterly destroy and decimate each and every one of us regardless of tribe or faith. May God guide us and may He preserve the peace of our nation.”