Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, has responded to calls by some Nigerians for the group to emulate Igbo leaders and approach President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, who is currently detained by the Benin Republic authorities.
As previously reported, stakeholders in the Southeast recently met with President Buhari, pleading with him to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who is also being held by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The president informed the leaders that, despite the difficulty of the request, he would consider releasing the secessionist who was just rearrested in Kenya following his 2017 bail jump.
Several Igboho supporters had also appealed to the Afenifere to plead with Buhari for his release.
However, in a statement issued Friday by the group’s General-Secretary, Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere stated that there is no reason to petition the president, emphasizing that the agitator for the Oduduwa Republic committed no crime.
“We do not have to beg the President to release Sunday Igboho. Sunday Igboho did not commit any offence whatsoever; that’s our position.
“Those who went to invade his house were terrorists in Nigerian security uniform and they have no right whatsoever and that has been tested in a court of competent jurisdiction. Igboho has been absolved and the government was visited with N20bn worth of damages.
“In spite of the impunity of the Buhari government, we insist that Nigeria shall not be governed except by the rule of law,” the statement added.