The leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, has
distanced President Bola Tinubu from the release of Yoruba nation agitator,
Sunday Adeyemi, popularly known as Igboho.
Akintoye said Tinubu was not instrumental in Igboho’s
release from custody in Benin Republic.
He was reacting to Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s comment that Igboho’s
release should be a ground for Nnamdi Kanu, Biafra agitator to regain freedom.
Ohanaeze had urged Tinubu to order the withdrawal of all
charges against Kanu following Igboho’s release.
However, Akintoye thanked God and the government of Benin
Republic for not denying Igboho justice.
He disclosed this in a statement titled: “President Tinubu
had no hands in Sunday Igboho’s freedom,” and signed by his spokesperson, Mr
The statement reads: “This is imperative in order to correct
the wrong impression in some quarters that President Bola Tinubu facilitated
the freedom of Chief Sunday Adeyemo in Cotonou last week Sunday.
“Although we will not fault our Igbo brothers, nor criticise
them for seeking the freedom for the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu in any way.
“However, we must set the record straight. The Nigerian
authorities and administration under the presidency of Bola Tinubu have got no
hands in the release and total freedom of our frontliner, Chief Sunday Adeyemo
“We give the credit to the Almighty God, then the efforts of
our leadership in this Yoruba nation struggle supported by well-meaning friends
at home and abroad. This had been a tedious and tasking process, but we give
glory to God that granted us success in Sunday’s freedom at last.
“We strongly deny the involvement of any politician or
officials of the Nigerian government in all these processes, for simply there
was none. Our appreciation again goes to the Republic of Benin government for
not denying us justice at last, despite some political pressures.
“And we wish our Igbo brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a quicker
release from the Nigeria incarceration.”
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