Ooni Ogunwusi: Igboho’s Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided Had He Heard Good Advice
NaijaNews reports that Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, has stated that Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, never listened to traditional rulers but instead chose to listen to many others who counseled him incorrectly.
This online information gathered that Igboho has been imprisoned in the Benin Republic for nearly three months after being apprehended while attempting to flee to Germany to seek refuge.
In an interview with the BBC, Ooni stated that he has always advised the government to call the agitators for a conversation and that Igboho grew raised in Ife.
He said that all Igboho has become today began in Ife, where he fought in the Ife-Modakeke conflict, with both lands belonging to Ife.
“He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different advice from people. Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.
“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm,” he said.
He said after he left Buhari’s place, he called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but that Igboho did not listen, as he started abusing everyone, including the monarchs he sent to him.
Ogunwusi added that Igboho hurled so many bad words at them but noted that he is still their son.
He said God owns forgiveness and that the monarchs had forgiven him, stressing that if he had listened, he would not have found himself in his current travail.
The Ooni said the monarchs were trying their best to secure Igboho’s release, saying that it was better to fight together, as no one could fight the government alone.