Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said he has the backing of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipe and other traditional rulers to evict criminal herdsmen from the South West.
Igboho had issued seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate Ibarapa community of Oyo State following incessant criminal activities in the area last week.
While featuring on Rave FM in Osogbo capital of Osun during a talk show programme, Frank Talk, Igboho revealed aside from Yoruba traditional rulers, other leaders in Nigeria are backing the eviction of criminal herdsmen.
He said: “I have the backing of Alaafin, Ooni, Ataoja, and other kings in the southwest. Some other leaders in the country like Fani Kayode, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, Femi Falana (SAN) among others are backing my actions.
“I am receiving support from Amotekun corps, Odua People Congress, hunters… to ensure that we get rid of criminal herdsmen from the southwest.
“I will soon sack criminal herdsmen from Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos even Kwara state. We are tired of the criminal activities of these herdsmen. Yoruba must unite to fight this course. I am not scared of anybody.
“I am fighting for the peace of my people, enough is enough. The killing is much. I am not ready for any dialogue with any government other than they should ensure that those herders leave our land.
“The FG refused to arrest those herdsmen who are perpetrating these evil acts. They are now ordering my arrest. They dare not! I am only tackling those who are fighting, killing, raping and kidnapping our people.”
He added: “FG knows Boko Haram, Bandits, kidnappers and they are quiet about it but they can now tackle me for seeking peace for my people.
On many occasions, the Seriki conspired with the kidnappers to collect a ransom. Those herdsmen rape my people who can’t pay the ransom. They even killed some people who challenged them. This is very unfair.
“I will soon visit Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo and Kwara. Anywhere the criminal herders reside to sack them.
“We shall no longer live like slaves on our land. Many of our people who are abroad can’t come home because their security is not guaranteed.”