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The federal government was on Tuesday called upon to address the cause of agitations by Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, made the call in a statement issued by Alex Ogbonna, the Igbo group’s spokesperson, noting that the agitations by the youth leader were as a result of ” injustice in Federal Government’s policies”.
Ohanaeze added that if such issues were left unaddressed, more activists would emerge.
Igboho was said to have been arrested by security operatives in Benin Republic on Monday, while on his way to Germany.
The federal government is also reportedly planning to repatriate him to Nigeria.
Read the statement: “The Nigeria security operatives have in recent time shown that they have teeth and can bite. The question on every mouth is whether they can apply similar zeal in treating the Boko Haram kingpins, Fulani herdsmen, the North-West bandits, etc. The foregoing selective efficiency of the security operatives elicits the reason for the making of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Sunday Igboho.
“One of the departing admonitions of Pope John Paul II, was ‘if you want peace, then work for’. It is an age-old maxim founded on reason, experience and truth that the only way for peace to reign in society is for justice to be seen to be served to all.
“We recall that Chief Sunday Igboho emerged in the scene because he could not endure the daily menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the Yoruba localities for a very long time. The herdsmen would kill, maim and rape women at random. All entreaties to the presidency for swift action against the AK-47-wielding herdsmen appeared to fall on deaf ears. Then Igboho in a patriotic heroic zeal intervened to save the rural farmers, women and children from the daily menace of the herdsmen.
“There is no gainsaying the military operations against the Boko Haram in the North-East of Nigeria, but the rate at which the herdsmen destroy farm crops, attack villages, kill the indigenes and forcefully occupy their ancestral lands is most callous, unconscionable and condemnable. This is where the intervention of the presidency is most needed and of course, the Igboho paradox.
“The cause of the agitations is the obvious injustice in federal public policies. Measures should rather be taken to address the causes of the agitations and only then can Nigeria have peace and sustainable economic growth.
“On the other hand, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho who wittingly or unwittingly are now seen as heroes by their people, are but the products of an unjust society. Therefore, a concerted effort in search of the Kanus and the Igbohos without addressing the basis of the agitation is an effort in futility. Otherwise, other Kanus and Igbohos will sooner than later emerge”.
Ohanaeze also urged the federal government to “embrace equity, justice and fairness in public policy formulations and execution”, adding that the “various forms of agitation in Nigeria is an effect and not a cause in itself”.