The Presidency’s directive to the nation’s Police Chief, I-G Mohammed Adamu to arrest of Yoruba self-styled people’s liberator, Sunday Igboho, for giving quit notice to Fulani herdsmen in Oyo State has been greeted with condemnation and reproof by Nigerians.
Some Nigerians who took to social media slammed the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for ordering Igboho’s arrest, for standing up to the kidnappings, rapes, and killings perpetrated by the rampaging Fulani herders across the Southwest.
Igboho, who is the Akoni Odu’a of Yoruba land and a grassroots politician, had served a seven-day notice to quit to the herders, fingering the leadership of the Fulani as the masterminds of the worsening security situation in the state.
Persecondnews recalls that last week, the Presidency had countered Ondo Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s order, asking Fulani herders to vacate forest reserves because the place was being used by bandits and kidnappers.
“@Ohloowatoscene People have been killed, raped and robbed by these Fulani herders. It will be insensitive for government to arrest Sunday igboho without addressing the root cause of the agitation.
“@realFFK It would be dangerous, reckless & counter productive for Buhari to ARREST or KILL Sunday Igboho. When the Northern youths demanded that Igbos should leave the north no-one was arrested. Why should Sunday be arrested or killed for asking KILLER Fulani herdsmen to leave SW?
“@BolanleCole The IGP has ordered Oyo CP to arrest Sunday Igboho and bring him to Abuja. Mr IGP, what about giving similar order to Borno CP on Shekau, the BokoHaram leader?
“@amid_temitayo If FG become unresponsive,people ‘ll resolve 2 self help.When AYCF leader Y.shettima asked igbo to leave north,FG didn’t ordered 4 his arrest.Government of tribalism & nepotism can tells police IG to get Sunday Igboho arrested 4 trying to protect Yoruba land.we’re not one Nigeria
“@heisizumichaels While Arewa Youths gave Igbos quit notice to leave the North back then, Miyetti Allah spiced things up with their threats to Southerners, IGP was asleep but now, herdsmen were asked to leave Yoruba land, they wanna arrest Sunday Igboho. No better definition of hypocrisy than this
“@Alaye_100 Arewa Youths asked igbos to vacate the north.FG promised to arrest them & in the end,they had to be ‘begged’ by the Borno governor.Different rules apply to Arewa,Nnamdi Kanu & Sunday Igboho.The shamelessness with which they protect their own is why we are in this mess.
“@Mayorspeaks I have no problem if you arrest Sunday Igboho, bt 2weeks ago in Sokoto a group ordered Bishop Kukah to quit Sokoto, why didn’t IGP order their arrest? Why the double standard? We now knw where the priority of Buhari govt lies, i.e. the protection of herders above citizens
“@YemieFASH The IGP will have to explain to Nigerians why he is ordering the arrest of Sunday Igboho and did not order the arrest of Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson of The coalition of northern groups who threatened the whole nation on @channelstv.
“@Somto Okonkwo “The YORUBA NATION must protect Sunday Igboho!!! Finally, the people of the South West can now understand the warnings of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. when he warned about the rampaging Fulani herdsmen and the conspiracy by the Presidency to keep backing them, most of you called MNK names.
“@iamseunalaofin In the face of crisis, the people look up to their leaders to save them and when they don’t unexpected leaders emerge. This is the case of Sunday Igboho. If our leaders refuse to deal with the issue of Fulani herdsmen, the people will begin to save themselves!!
“@MrOdanz When Arewa Youths/elders gave the Igbos an ultimatum to leave the North, the ringleaders of the eviction notice should have been arrested. It would have justified the arrest warrant for Sunday Igboho who for an illegal eviction notice. But the man in Aso Rock is a daft bigot.
“@fisayosoyombo I’m shocked that the IGP ordered for the arrest of Sunday Igboho but didn’t order his men to enter the bushes of Ibarapa North LG & fish out killer herdsmen & kidnappers. True, Igboho’s outbursts are capable of causing anarchy, but you can’t go after him & ignore the terrorists.
“@oluayomide has the government arrested those who gave Bishop Kukah notice to leave Sokoto been arrested? Arrest and prosecute killers and kidnappers in the Southwest first.”