It is no longer news that the house of Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, a self-styled Yoruba activist was attacked by gunmen on Thursday morning. The attack which began as early as 1:30am according to Igboho led to the destruction of many parts of his house, located in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State. Some vehicles parked within the vicinity were also destroyed in the carnage that ensued during the attack.
Hours after his house was attacked by gunmen, Sunday Igboho made two smart moves which I think are worth mentioning in this article.
However before we get to the two commendable actions, we should recall that Igboho, together with the Ilana Omo Oodua, a yoruba secessionist group, planned to hold a mega rally in Lagos on the 3rd of July, which is just two days from now. Plans for the rally have already been concluded by both parties (Igboho and Ilana Omo Oodua), despite the government’s apparent discontentment with secessionist activities in the country.
In several occasions, the government publicly warned agitators to refrain from leading innocent and vulnerable youths into agitations for demands that these youths may not even understand.
In a new development today after the attack on Sunday Igboho’s house by unknown gunmen, Daily Post reports that the Lagos Commissioner of Police announced that the Police Force would not condone any form of rally or protest from anyone on the 3rd of July. The Lagos Police Chief cited the EndSARS protest of October 2020 as a reference point to how violent these kind of rallies if allowed to hold, can degenerate into.
As a result of all these, I think Sunday Igboho made two smart moves to curtail violence in the country, especially in the South-West hours after his house was attacked by unknown gunmen.
First, I think Sunday Igboho’s recent interview with BBC Pidgin after the attack is a good move. It helped douse increased tension around the South-West concerning his safety. I am sure that after many saw that Igboho was hale and hearty, they became relieved. In the interview, Igboho gave firsthand information of what transpired in his house in the early hours of Thursday.
Apart from calming tension by appearing in an interview hours after the attack, I think Sunday Igboho’s move to cancel the supposed rally in Lagos is a smart one. The cancelation of the rally after the statement by the Lagos Police Chief shows that the Yoruba activist is one that heeds to directives given by the authorities, unlike others in Nigeria.