Sunday Igboho: Leadership Flop and Making of Ethnic Champions in Nigeria
Perennial clashes between nomadic herders from the Northern part of Nigeria and farmers in both North Central and the Southern parts of Nigeria have led to many lives, means of livelihood and properties being lost in recent years.
However, the incessant conflicts and destructions seem to be taking ethnic coloration between ethnic Fulanis from the North of Nigeria and the indigenous people of Yorubaland in the Southwest part of Nigeria, with the recent attacks and reprisal attacks between the two ethnic groups causing thousands of lives and properties being lost. There emerged a controversial ethnic rights fighter, Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho nicknamed after his hometown in Oyo State, Nigeria who recently issued and enforced an eviction order to the Fulani residents in the Southwest. Mr Igboho, a business magnate, human rights activist and politician, has urged the people of Yorubaland to fight and defend their land.
In an interview with Citymoods media, Amb (Dr) okhidevbe oamien Roy, a security expert in Lagos gave his thoughts on Sunday Igboho and Government story regarding security, he said the security agencies have been so watered down in being so ineffective and inefficient in tackling the ongoing domestic security crisis looming between Sunday Igboho and the Fulani herdsmen. Mr Roy also stated that he feels right to say our politicians upgraded societal miscreants for their own selfish agenda during political campaigns and public intimidation.
In his words he said, “Sunday has been asked to be arrested. Is that the solution? If it is the solution, why was it not carried out?”
He said further, “The best approach federal government should have adopted is this, if you get your cattle and you register as a Miyetti Allah person, you must have an ID, you must have a data, then Miyetti Allah itself supposed to segment….who are the cattle rearers.”
Speaking about the emergence of Sunday Igboho, Mr Adebayo Adekunle, a Lagos State Polytechnic lecturer and social commentator said that the vacuum of leadership in Yorubaland made the emergence of Sunday Igboho to be of relevance. Mr Adekunle went ahead to say, “the fact that the leadership both at the federal and the state level has not really treated the problem of the fulani marauders the way its supposed to be treated made the emergence of Sunday Igboho to be popular and to be relevant presently.”
Watch the full interview below