The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has declared that, the Nigerian government attack on the home of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called ‘Sunday Igboho is a clear testimony that, the country is back to the era of dictatorship rule of late General Sanni Abacha
Penpushing reports that, the social-political group stated this in reaction to the Thursday attack at the Soka private residence of Igboho in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital by government security operatives
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Jare Ajayi, said the attack was an indication that government under Muhammed Buhari is working assiduously to ensure that citizens are kept silence to deny them right of expression of opinions.
“We recall with sadness how voices that were opposed to the dictatorial tendencies of Abacha regime were under serious attacks. We recalled how patriots like General Alani Akinrinade, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Pa Alfred Rewane, etc were attacked, resulting in the untimely and gruesome murder of Pa Rewane.”
Penpushing further reports that, Afenifere, however, called on the Buhari led government to stop any plan to harm Igboho or any other person not known to contravene the law of the land”.
The news of fatal attack on the residence of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho in the early hours of Thursday, July 1, 2021 is a sad indicator that we are fast returning to the era of the late Sani Abacha when anyone who expressed opinions contrary to government’s position would be fatally attacked’, Afenifere added.
‘Nigerians woke up this morning to the unsavoury news of an attack on the residence of the Yoruba activist, Igboho, in Soka area of Ibadan by armed men reportedly in army and DSS uniforms. Reports have it that the invaders came in 15 vehicles’.
‘The attack came less than 72 hours to the plan by Igboho and others to hold a rally in Lagos to further canvass for a Yoruba nation this Saturday. The manner of attack indicated culpability on the part of those in authority’
‘We are forced into this deduction for a number of reasons. Firstly, eye witness accounts indicated that vehicles and uniforms of the attackers were that of the security agencies. Secondly, the failure of security agencies to confront the attackers further implicated the government’.
‘We recall with sadness how voices that were opposed to the dictatorial tendencies of Abacha regime were under serious attacks. We recalled how patriots like General Alani Akinrinade, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Pa Alfred Rewane, etc were attacked, resulting in the untimely and gruesome murder of Pa Rewane.”
‘What is wrong in canvassing for self-determination so long as such agitation is devoid of violence? The constitution the country is running guarantees the right of every Nigerian to express an opinion and even carry out rallies as long as such is done without violence’.
‘To the best of our knowledge, none of the rallies that Sunday Igboho has led in his campaign for the Yoruba nation could be said to be violent nor was he implicated in illegal activities. Why then should he be subjected to the kind of treatment his household received on Thursday morning?’
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