The Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has urged traditional rulers and elder statesmen in the South-West to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, for the release of Yoruba secessionist leader, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.
Oluwo of Iwo stated that granting Igboho freedom without any condition will solidify the unity of Nigeria.
The Osun State monarch disclosed this in a statement made available to SaharaReporters on Sunday.
The Yoruba separatist leader, Igboho was arrested in July at an airport in the neighbouring Benin Republic, after being declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Nigeria.
He has since been incarcerated by the Beninese authorities despite moves by some prominent Yoruba figures to facilitate his freedom.
Akanbi’s call might have been inspired by the recent call by Igbo leaders during their visit to Buhari in Aso Villa, for the unconditional release of separatist agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kanu is in the custody of the DSS as he is being tried for terrorism-related offences.
The monarch said, “The controversies surrounding the continuous detention of Sunday Igboho can be addressed should the Yoruba monarchs, elders and stakeholders be ready to take a walk to President Muhammed Buhari. Sunday Igboho is our son, he has made some mistakes which are realizable on the agitation for Yoruba nation.
“The approach is jeopardizing the intention. I urge stakeholders in Yoruba affairs to harmonize their interests, come together and approach the country's leaders for the release of embattled Igboho.
“Granting such request will entrench the unity of Nigeria and foster a harmonious understanding. Only the federal government has the exclusive charisma to liberate the face of Yoruba nation agitator at this critical time. Our son must be rescued. Releasing Igboho without recourse to legal lingering litigation will earn the government credit. It is a credit of maturity and unity."