The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has accused his people of always destroying their warriors.
“Yoruba always destroy their warriors at the end of the day. About 78 percent of those that fought for the people, they destroyed them,” Adams lamented.
He stated this in response to the claim that some Yoruba politicians are now calling him a coward and hailing Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, for his recent fight with Fulani herders in Ibarapa, Oyo State.
Igboho had recently issued an ultimatum for Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State, to vacate the area for allegedly kidnapping, killing, raping and invading farmlands with their cattle. On the expiration of the ultimatum, Igboho and his boys sacked the herdsmen in the area.
Speaking when he appeared on Arise TV’s The Morning Show, Adams regretted that some politicians in the South-West region were maligning him and trying to destroy all he had achieved in the last 28 years.
“On the braveness of Sunday Igboho, some wicked politicians in Yorubaland have stepped in to use him to destroy their enemies and to even call them names. How can somebody call Iba Gani Adams that has been in the trenches for the past 28 years a coward?
“I started this struggle at the age of 23 years when OPU (Oodua Peoples Union) has not been on ground. We started OPU in 1994 and I risked everything for Yorubaland. I have been to jail for three times. The total of my detention was 17 and a half months. I lost everything I had in this life. I started from the scratch in 2008 and I didn’t surrender because my people have to be liberated.
“How can somebody now come out – Sunday Igboho –and some people now use his braveness of one day to destroy somebody who has been in the struggle for 28 years. There is more than meets the eye.
“Yoruba always destroy their warriors at the end of the day. About 78 per cent of those that fought for the people, they destroyed them. We know what happened to Abiola. A lot of the people who asked him to declare himself as a president ran away from him when he was arrested. It was just a few people in NADECO that stood by MKO Abiola,” Adams said.
Apparently pained for being called a weakling, Adams lamented, “Why should you say I’m a coward by now?
“I have five children and the whole of my family are still living with Nigerian passports. I am a convener of Oodua Progressives Union.
“Ten years ago, my people in Europe told me to get European Passport; they wanted to do it for me within two years. I told them they will use it against me in the struggle of Nigeria and they will say I can’t fight for them again. So, I rejected it and I and my family (members) are still living with Nigerian passports and still living in the country”, he said.
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