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Update: Ooni Forgives Sunday Igboho After Public Apology, Declares Support For His Struggle Against Criminal Herdsmen.
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has forgiven Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the viral video in which Igboho lambasted the monarch.
The media aide to Ooni, Moses Olafare, who made this known on Thursday, said the monarch is “still solidly behind” Igboho’s move to drive “criminal herdsmen” away from the South-West.
Olafare explained that Ogunwusi was silent on Igboho’s allegations because “it is not in the style of the Ooni to make an official response on any matter that threatens the unity and peace of the country, especially as it affects the descendants of Oduduwa worldwide”.
Igboho had on Wednesday morning at a virtual ‘Townhall With Yoruba In Diaspora’ alleged Ooni of not supporting him.
The activist also accused the monarch of disappointing the Yoruba people when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari over the herdsmen crisis rocking the South-West region.
Ogunwusi had after meeting the President commended Igboho for speaking for the downtrodden but asked him not to take laws into his hands by allowing constituted authorities, including the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to take charge and handle the security challenges in the state.
Igboho later apologised, saying that he was pained by the issue and his tongue was caught up in the moment.
Olafare also said Ooni was unperturbed by Igboho’s abusive and derogatory words against him.
He said, “Sunday Igboho still remains a son to the Ooni. Baba has already forgiven him because he had tendered an apology via a video clip he produced via social media yesterday evening.
“The royal father could not bicker with any of his sons even in the face of quantum of provocations.
“Sunday Igboho thereafter released the video in which he tendered his apology. Even though the way and manner Sunday had behaved was sacrilegious to the Oduduwa throne but he has already apologised and I can confirm that Arole Oodua has forgiven him, because, there is no perfection in humanity. Sunday is a human being like any other normal human being who could misbehave as well. No one is perfect!
“As the father of all, the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula remains his father who had even identified with him in the past two weeks he had begun with the struggle and he is still solidly behind him for the liberation of the Yorubas from criminal herdsmen who have adamantly terrorised our land. Just that he must watch his back so that people with ulterior motives will not hijack his movement.”
The traditional ruler, however, appealed to all and sundry to “let the sleeping dog lies on the matter because Sunday had been forgiven and life must go on”.
Recall that in an earlier reaction from the Ooni through Olafare, addressed Igboho’s threat to waylay the monarch and open fire on his convey.
Olafare said the palace was not ready to engage Igboho formally on the matter but the issue of the threat of violence against the monarch would be handled appropriately.
He said; “Well, he said that in a video that is well circulated and the video must have gotten to security agents who would see beyond what we are seeing.
“It is a threat to life if you say that if somebody is going, you’re going to waylay that person and fire him.
“If you’re bold enough to say that, to anybody not to talk of even an Ooni of Ife, I believe that security agents will see that as a threat to life.
“While we’re not ready to report any matter to security agents, I believe that they will know what to do.”