Professor Banji Akintoye, the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, a Yoruba self-determination organisation, has stated that President Bola Tinubu was not active in the release of Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, from protective custody in the Republic of Benin.
Sunday Igboho’s recent release, he claims, was assisted by leaders of the Yoruba Nation agitation as well as close members of the group.
Akintoye stated, “President Tinubu had no hands in Sunday Igboho’s freedom.”
Anaedoonline.ng remembers that Igboho was released by the Beninoise administration, led by President Patrice Talon, last week Sunday, after nearly two years in detention.
During his arrest in Cotonou, he appreciated the support and solidarity of certain prominent Yoruba leaders.
However, the Yoruba Nation leader stated that speaking out was necessary due to online demands that President Tinubu also support the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.
Akintoye, in a statement by his spokesperson, Gani Alagbala, on Saturday, said: “This is imperative in order to correct the wrong impression in some quarters that President Bola Tinubu facilitated the freedom of Chief Sunday Adeyemo in Cotonou last week Sunday.
“This is in response to the viral video of an Igbo militant leader proclaiming that Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, should release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, just as he (President) has released Chief Sunday Igboho.
“Although we will not fault our Igbo brothers, nor criticise them for seeking the freedom for the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in any way. However, we must set the record straight. The Nigerian authorities and administration under the presidency of Bola Tinubu has got no hands in the release and total freedom of our frontliner, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Igboho.
“We give the credit to the Almighty God, then the efforts of our leadership in this Yoruba nation struggle supported by well-meaning friends at home and abroad. This had been a tedious and tasking process, but we give glory to God that granted us success in Sunday’s freedom at last.
“We strongly deny the involvement of any politician or officials of the Nigerian government in all these processes, for simply there was none. Our appreciation again goes to the Republic of Benin government for not denying us justice at last, despite some political pressures.
“And we wish our Igbo brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a quicker release from the Nigerian incarceration.”
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