The Southern Youth Forum (SYF), the umbrella body of youth groups from the 17 Southern states of the federation, has called for due process in the ongoing case involving Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a. Sunday Igboho, in Benin Republic.
This is as the youth group warns against smearing Nigeria’s image in Benin Republic through various aspersions being passed in some quarters against the country’s Ambassador in Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.) over the arrest of Igboho in the neighbouring country.
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Lagos, the leadership of the forum, Barrister John Atani (South- South), Engr. Fidelis Nze (South-East) and Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi (South-West), said the political tendencies being advanced in some narratives about the Igboho arrest and possible extradition to Nigeria should be a source of concern to patriotic Nigerians, adding that laws should be obeyed regardless of who is involved.
Recall that Igboho was arrested last week Monday in Cotonou by security operatives in the West African country, while he was allegedly trying to evade arrest after being declared wanted by Nigeria’s secret service for alleged stockpiling of arms and other sundry allegations.
The forum said Nigeria needs peace at a time like this to build systemic governance and all ‘self-conceited’ distractions against this goal should be ignored. The forum added that Igboho’s arrest wasn’t at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari or the country’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, but the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which declared him wanted ab initio.
“As youths, we don’t think leaders who vowed to protect the sanctity of our constitution should fold their hands and look away while some inept clout-chasers destroy the legacy of our heroes past when they actually possess passports of other countries.
“You can’t incite war in a multi-diverse country like Nigeria and not be there when the battle commends. Our findings indicate that the said Igboho was using his one-man show for personal gains but we trust that the law will take its due course on his matter when he is eventually extradited to Nigeria.”