Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has disclosed that he warned Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, against his campaign but he did not listen.
The Ooni, in an interview with BBC Yoruba, revealed that after he met President Muhammadu Buhari in January this year, he invited traditional rulers in the South-west to advice Igboho to exercise caution about his agitation.
The monarch said instead, the Yoruba activist hurled insults at them and decided to listen to those singing his praises.
He noted that Igboho would not have found himself in his current travail if he had listened.
“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them. He started abusing everyone, including monarchs,” he said.
“After I left President Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but he got carried away by the praises of those who were not even solidly behind him.
“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.”
Igboho is currently in prison in Cotonou, Benin Republic, after his attempt to escape to Germany from Nigeria was foiled.