Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State believes that Sunday Adeyemi “Igboho” is a child of circumstance, noting that the situations that led to his interventions in security issues should be examined.
“Sunday Igboho is a child of circumstance. We must look at the circumstance that led to each of these interventions,” the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum said on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Akeredolu noted that “There are things that we do at times that you have to know what led to them. Those circumstances might not be justifiable, might not be legal, but again when you look at it, you’ll know we are a child of circumstance.”
The governor who was elected for a second term in office in October 2020, however, admitted that he does not support illegality and people taking laws into their hands.
“I for one, I’ve always said that I will not support anyone taking laws into his own hands. That’s why I had to go to Ibadan,” the governor, 64, explained.
“That’s why I will go to every other place in the South-West to preach about illegality and that we are against illegal actions. We are not for it at all.”
Igboho had risen to prominence after he issued a quit notice to criminal herders in Oyo State accused of crimes in the area.
Oyo State has in recent times been at the centre of clashes between groups, the latest being the violence at the Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, the state capital.
A Call For Calm
Akeredolu had in the wake of the clash, called for calm, urging residents not to take the laws into their hands.
“We do not support violence and in particular, brigandage, jungle justice and unnecessary self-help,” he said.
“We note with delight, the efforts of our brother Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who has taken very bold steps to stave off the further escalation of the violence by imposing curfew in the affected areas.”