Olusegun Bamgbose, a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, has said that Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho, is helping President Muhammadu Buhari by defending his people against killer herdsmen in Oyo State.
He said Buhari’s inability and failure to act promptly and decisively has made it imperative for Sunday Igboho to intervene.
Bamgbose, an attorney at law, noted that the insensitivity of the government, in times of insecurity can lead to illegality, adding that it was already playing out in Oyo and Ondo States.
He claimed that illegality may become inevitable where intervention is lacking, warning that self-defense can not be considered a crime in any part of the world.
“In an atmosphere of insecurity, without any reasonable intervention, self-help will be unavoidable,” he stated while addressing members of the NNPP in Jigawa State Monday evening.
“Igboho is helping Buhari to do his duties. What else will you expect the people of Igangan in Ibarapa to do in the circumstance, there are reported cases of kidnapping, killings, rape, and robberies, and the security agents are not helping matters, President Buhari also kept mute, what do you expect the people to do than to find a way to help themselves.
“Criminality should not be condoned in any way and in any shape. If any person is found to be causing mayhem, they should be dealt with accordingly. Nigerians should heavily blame Buhari for the ugly scenario.
“The security architecture has failed under Buhari. Security is never a tribal or political issue, it’s a national issue and must be treated thus.
“I want to warn the powers that be not to make any attempt whatsoever to harm Sunday Igboho, this will certainly lead to chaos. His emergence has become necessary in view of Buhari’s weakness to combat insecurity in Nigeria.
“As a lawyer, I’m aware that the quit notice is illegal but as I said earlier on, Insecurity begets illegality and that illegality may become imperative because intervention by the government is lacking.
“It’s most likely that the action of Igboho will now lead to intervention as can be seen already. It’s so unfortunate we have a President who will always wait until things get bad before he intervenes.”
Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had reportedly ordered for the arrest of Igboho according to Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Spokesman.
This was after Igboho made good his threat to evict Fulani from Igangan at the weekend.
Igboho had listed the assassination of Oyo businessman, Fatai Aborode, Alhaja Serifat Adisa, and her children, an Igangan prince, among others as his reasons for issuing the eviction notice.
It was reported on Tuesday morning that Igboho’s house at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State was set ablaze by unidentified persons, described by the police as hoodlums.
The recent turn of events has triggered fear among community members, raising speculations of imminent reprisals.