Iba Gani Adams, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, on Monday rallied 10 prominent Benin Republic Monarchs in support of the embattled Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
The effort was to ensure justice and fairness in the ongoing case of the Yoruba nation activist, who has been in the eye of the storm over his arrest last week at the Benin Republic international Airport.
Adams, in a statement on Monday, assured them that the monarchs have been assigned to play both traditional and fatherly roles in order to ensure that Igboho’s right to freedom is protected without abuse or misjudgments.
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, in the statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said it is the duty of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, and that of other traditional rulers to support Igboho at this trying time, stressing that the case against Igboho should not be taken with levity.
“I am not comfortable with the way the Federal Government is handling Sunday Igboho’s case and I have made my position known to the world. I have also rallied over 10 prominent Yoruba monarchs in Republic of Benin to discuss the possibility of getting Igboho off the hook, and ensure that he regains his freedom unconditionally.
“Going forward, I think we must stand by him because we are all in the struggle for the liberation of our race and whatever happens to Igboho happens to us. The journey, though, didn’t begin with him, will definitely not end with him, because the agitation for self determination is our legitimate rights for which we are ready to follow with all our strengths,” stated Adams.
According to him, the move to seek the monarchs’ intervention became imperative because of the sensitive nature of the case, adding that the prominent monarchs were in the best position to work with the authorities of the Republic of Benin to ensure justice for Igboho.
Leading the monarchs in the emergency meeting held for the embattled Yoruba nation agitator was the Alajowun of Ajowun land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Signon Adekilumo.
Others were Oba Alajase Onikoyi, Alajase of Ajase-Ile Porto-Novo; Oba Shitu Adeleke, Onitowe of Towe land; Oba Adio Ogunju, Ologunba of Ogunba; Oba Awelede Salomon, Oniohorije of Ohori land; Oba Akerekoro, Onimasse of Mase land; Oloye R. Oguntosin Taye,the Tolulase of AJase-Ile Kingdom, Porto-Novo; Aremo Onikoyi Abesan Keefa Ajase-Ile; Palais Royal de Seme Krake, Sa Majeste Roi de Krake and Palais Royal de Ilase Sa Majeste Roi de Ilase, among others.
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