A former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode has disclosed that Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho now holds a feeling of sadness regarding his rant about Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife.
Recall Sunday Igboho had berated Ooni, saying he did not register the grievance of the Yoruba people with President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited him.
Igboho said the traditional leader disappointed the Yoruba people when he recently visited the president over the herdsmen crisis rocking the South-West region.
The activist stated this in a viral virtual interview.
Igboho had earlier issued a seven-day quit notice to herdsmen that have been accused of several crimes in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State and enforced the same.
After meeting with Buhari, Oba Ogunwusi called on Igboho not to take the law into his hands.
The monarch said though Igboho has spoken for the downtrodden, it was time he allowed the constituted authorities including the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to take charge, and handle the security challenges in the state.
However, Igboho alleged that some politicians were anticipating Ooni's move but they were disappointed with what they got.
“The monarchs are now afraid but we must keep praying for them to be united with one voice. They should not be afraid of arrest at their age. Some of them don’t even grant audience at their palaces any longer. So, everything is now in God’s hands," Sunday Igboho had fumed.
“When Ooni met with Buhari over the herdsmen issue, Ooni should have told Buhari the truth but he did not. When Ooni returned, he started tackling me to leave the remaining task to the government to finish. You can imagine that kind of talk?"
But reacting to the scuffle, Fani-Kayode warned that "we in the South-West must remain united in our quest for liberty and justice".
..For the record let me state clearly & categorically that NO Ooni of Ife, whether living or dead, has EVER been a slave of the Fulani & neither will they ever be. I can also confirm that my friend & brother Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo state, is a deeply courageous..2/4— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) February 3, 2021
"I just spoke with Sunday Igboho and he confirmed to me that what he said about our reverred Ooni of Ife was said in the heat of the moment," Fani-Kayode wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.
"He expressed his regrets and I was relieved to hear that.
"To err is human and to forgive is divine.
"I appeal to Kabiyesi to forgive him.
"For the record let me state clearly and categorically that NO Ooni of Ife, whether living or dead, has EVER been a slave of the Fulani and neither will they ever be.
"I can also confirm that my friend and brother Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo state, is a deeply courageous individual who would never bow before anyone let alone be a slave to the Fulani.
"We in the SW must remain united in our quest for liberty and justice and in the face of the common enemy and we must move forward as one.
"No-one can dispute the fact that Sunday has fought hard and done well.
"He has won the respect of all and sundry in Yorubaland and he has inspired millions of our people all over the world.
"Let us forgive him for this slip and continue to support and pray for him."