The paramount ruler of Iwoland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has written a personal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the altercation between government and Sunday Adeyemi, also know as Sunday Igboho, culminating in the invasion of Igboho home in Ibadan, and the arrest of some of his aides, last week.
The letter personally signed by the Oluwo impressed upon President Buhari, saying, “As a Muslim, you are not unaware of the peculiarity of Friday, being one of the days for forgiveness.
Nigerians, most especially ardent readers and witnesses of history, will not forget in haste many suspicious circumstances that consumed many nationalists. One of the leading and still fresh was the Egba born aristocrat, Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, who died on July 7th, 1998; Ken Saro Wiwa equally had his taste. Almost all regions of the Nigerian state have had their taste of such occurrence. The prologue and epilogue were historically preserved to be a lesson. But when a child is a slow learner, the parents will have to guide, guard and educate severally before a stable momentum. Silence of the parents at times may be translated to support but not necessarily.
“Not all children appreciate their parents at the point of moral discipline. Disciplinarians tells the truth to positively shape the children’s future. But when the child tells you your mouth is smelling, you stay back and observe. However, responsible father will not throw his child away with bath the water. I say this to let Your Excellency understand the position of most royal fathers and stakeholders on the agitation for a Yoruba nation. We warned him.”
The Oluwo averred that although Igboho earned his popularity as an activist, whose joy is to liberate the cheated, “he started as such and grew with it. His strategy is not known to me, because I’m not in his camp. Whenever I’ve information about his move, I do call him to order. He visited my palace sometimes in 2018. I give pieces of advice when sought.” Oba Akanbi said, “Instead of Igboho to distinctively differentiate between agitation towards government and inter groups activism, he failed. At a point, he abused stakeholders with spurious allegations. I was the first in the list for drumming support for one Nigeria. As a father, I’ve personally forgiven him. And I’m personally beseeching Your Excellency as the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to demonstrate your magnanimity by forgiving our promising son, Chief Adeyemo Sunday Igboho.”
The first class monarch averred that Igboho is “a novice in handling issues against the government,” but described him as a “gift to us in Yorubaland,” who has pledged his readiness to listen to us.”
He added, “I appeal to Your Excellency to slow down security trail on Sunday Igboho. I’ve the assurance adhering to this piece will go a long way in strenthening the unity of Nigeria. I promise Your Excellency that Igboho will mind his steps henceforth. He has suffered a lot. He would step down agitations. I will bring him for peace talk at the appropriate time.”
Waxing philosophical, the Oluwo said that liberal struggles are won on intelligentsia merit, adding that arsenals without strategy is a defeated battle.
He enthused, “These and many more, I supposed he has learnt and ready to mend his way. Nigeria is an indivisible entity that cannot be torn overnight for whatever reason. Let’s forgive to move on and up. The strength is not only in diversity but also forgiveness.”
Conclusively, the royal father said, “In conclusion, we have seen the handwriting. When government speaks different languages, the wise ruminates and take caution. I commend your efforts geared towards combating crimes, checkmating banditry and curtailing criminalities and your vigorous fight against corruption. Most importantly, your commitment to infrastructural growth is unequalled. One Nigeria, great future.