The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, says there’s no basis for begging president Muhammadu Buhari to realise foremost activist, Sunday Igboho, because Igboho didn’t commit any offence to warrant the type of treatment being meted out to him.
The organisation is reacting to calls by some Nigerians to follow in the footsteps of Igbo leaders and meet with Buhari in order to address the lingering imbroglio of Nigerian government and Igboho who is currently in the custody of the authority of Benin Republic.
Recall that Igbo leaders recently met with President Buhari and appealed to him to release the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is also in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Buhari had said the request of the Igbo leaders was a tough one. he, however, said he would consider the request and see what can be done.
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The separatist leader was rearrested in June in Kenya after jumping bail in 2017.
After the development, some followers of Igboho had also appealed to the Afenifere to beg Buhari for his release.
But in a statement on Friday by the General-Secretary of Afenifere, Sola Ebiseni, said those who invaded Igboho are terrorists and the legality of their action has been challenged in court.
Afenifere said there is no basis to beg the president for Igboho release, noting that the Oduduwa Republic agitator committed no crime.
Afenifere asserted that the governance of the country must follow the rule of law.
âThose 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.
âIn spite of the impunity of the Buhari government, we insist that Nigeria shall not be governed except by the rule of law,â the statement added.