Chief Sunday Adeyemo’s (Sunday Igboho) decision to flee to the Benin Republic is akin to when Moses (Igboho) fled Egypt from the prying eyes of Pharaoh, Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has said.
This comparison was the position of Afenifere while reacting to the arrest of Igboho in the Benin Republic while trying to escape to Germany.
Fedredsnews had earlier reported that the Department of State Services declared the Yoruba self-determination activist wanted after his house was raided and two of his aides murdered by the operatives.
In a statement by Jare Ajayi, its national publicity secretary, Afenifere said there is nothing wrong with Igboho seeking asylum to preserve his life.
The group also accused the federal government of hunting “those seeking relief from the oppressive situation in Nigeria” while neglecting kidnappers and terrorists.
“We recall that Moses had to be taken away from the prying eyes of Pharaoh and his agents in Egypt. Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) too had to leave his hometown, Mecca for Medina in order to escape persecution,” the group said.
“Thus, there is nothing wrong in Igboho seeking a respite first to preserve his life and perhaps to re-strategise.
“What is now regarded as Sunday Igboho travail ought not to occur at all if there had been good governance in Nigeria and people are not harassed without any just cause.
“It is so sad that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is concentrating on hunting and harassing those who are seeking relief from the oppressive situation in Nigeria while shying away from tackling the menaces of kidnapping, terrorism and antics bordering on ethnic cleansing.
“By its conduct, the government is giving people reasons to believe the allegation that it is pursuing a Fulanisation agenda. Harassment of freedom agitators and innocent citizens must stop forthwith.”
Afenifere also praised Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife; and Saliu Adetunji, Olubadan of Ibadan, for sending delegations to the Benin Republic.
Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, had also said he had rallied 10 Benin Republic monarchs to facilitate the release of Igboho.
Afenifere urged other monarchs and prominent people in Yorubaland to emulate the Ooni and Olubadan.