A self-acclaimed traditional warrior who is widely known to be one of the tough boys that work for politicians in Oyo State has been in the news for days now.
Chief Sunday Igboho, a man many believed to have a metaphysical power, issued an ultimatum to the Fulani community living in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo State.
The Oyo North has been facing several security challenges over the years, there has been an increase in criminal activities in this area with many natives pointing accusing fingers at the Fulanis among them.
It should interest the reader of this article that Fulani has been living in this environment for several years. According to the Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, Salihu Abdukadir, he has been living in this part of the state for over several decades.
Despite the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, urging the newly posted commissioner of police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest all criminal elements stoking the flame of the ethnic clash, Sunday Igboho has remained bullish.
In a video that went viral on social media, he was seen allegedly asking that police and soldiers should be brought to arrest him, he confidently confirmed that he is at home and won’t run away or be intimidated.
Now that Federal Government is involved, the possibility of Sunday Igboho getting arrested could be a matter of time.
As ordered by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, If Sunday Igboho is arrested, the following are the things that may likely happen.
1. If Sunday Igboho should be picked up by the security operatives, many of his supporters or followers may embark on a protest within the state. Only God knows how peaceful the protest may be.
2. The possibility of Sunday Igboho getting arrested after issuing an ultimatum to the Fulani may likely strengthen the belief of many that the government is supporting the Fulanis.
3. The number of youths that turned up at Igangan with Sunday Igboho shows that many are in support of his actions, If he is arrested, many will see him as a martyr and leader for the Yoruba nation, this is likely to give birth to many Sunday Igbohos.
4. If Sunday Igboho is taken to Abuja as ordered by the police boss, the move may likely be challenged in the court of law, just like Sowore and Nnamdi Kanu court trial.
The government must wake up to the responsibility of protecting lives and properties across the country.