Yoruba activist and freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, claims that there are some leaders in Yoruba land who are giving clandestine support to killer herdsmen to perpetrate crimes in the South-West region.
Igboho who made the assertion on Tuesday at a press briefing after an early morning fire razed his house in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State, challenged anyone who has a score to settle with him to come out and confront him in public.
Igboho further denied enjoying any financial patronage from politicians, challenging any politician with a genuine claim that he was paid to do what he is doing to come out and state when and where he collected such moneys.
The activist added that he would not be deterred in his task of chasing out the criminal herdsmen who have been carrying out series of kidnappings, killings, rape and other sundry crimes in the South-West, and accused Yoruba leaders who have been supporting them.
“What is surprising to me is that I never expected that we Yoruba people should be in support of the evils being perpetrated by the herdsmen. I am surprised that the Fulani are killing our people in our own territory. They rape and kidnap our people.
“It is a terrible thing. So, I am trying to repel them. But, it is shocking to me that, despite the efforts that I am making, some Yoruba leaders are supporting Fulani herdsmen. It is so distressing and it saddens me.
“Since the herdsmen go about perpetrating heinous crimes, government never intervened. It is not just happening today. It was my visit that opened the cans of warm.
“I needed to go to there because it is where I come from. They are my family members. It is the same tribal marks that I am wearing that Dr. Aborode who was killed had on his face. I can’t keep mum in the face of oppression and humiliation.
“The Fulani herdsmen should not subject us in our own territory. But, it is disheartening that fellow Yoruba men would gang up against a just course.
“I see that my agitation against the killer herdsmen is being politicised to discredit my personality to get me distressed but their plot would fail. The schemes by the politicians would not stand.”
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