Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, has warned the federal government against treating Yourba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Igboho, who was declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 1, was arrested with his wife in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on Monday night, while travelling to Germany.
Both of them have since been detained in Benin Republic.
Adams, in a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has by arresting Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Igboho, has already established that agitators are criminals, a situation he said will only create more anger and hatred against the government.
“Igboho’s case is gradually exposing FG’s plan to clamp down on all agitators and that is undemocratic, and also capable of turning government to tyranny of the majority, especially, from a government that came to power with a lot of hope and support from the people of the South-West,” he stated.
He warned against maltreatment of Igboho, urging the federal government to approach the case with fairness.
“I think the FG should be fair to the young man because any attempt to trivialize issues of agitations might set this nation on fire.
“For example, the issue of self determination didn’t come up overnight. It was as a result of the long years of injustice, nepotism, and corruption occasioned by bad leadership.
“So, the FG will be making a big mistake if it decides to treat agitators of Yoruba nation as common criminals or enemies.
“Igboho has a right to his freedom. There is nothing bad for him to seek asylum in Republic of Benin, and he is entitled to seek refuge in a foreign land if he thinks his safety cannot be guaranteed here in Nigeria,” Adams stated.