The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II has averred that the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho did not heed the advice given to him by traditional rulers as he chose to listen to the advice of the people who surrounded him.
Igboho has been imprisoned in the Benin Republic for for three months after being apprehended while attempting to enter Germany to seek refuge.
In an interview with the BBC, Ooni stated that he had already advised the government to engage the agitators in discussion and that Igboho was raised in Ife.
He claimed that everything Igboho has become today began in Ife, where he fought in the Ife-Modakeke conflict, with both lands pertaining to Ife.
As per the account of the Ooni of Ife, Sunday Igboho wanted to intercede for his kinsmen, so he stepped up and fought for those who were slaughtered in Oke Ogun, praising God for his survival.
He claimed that when he left Buhari’s residence, he convened a conference of Yoruba kings and elders to tell Igboho to have forbearance, but Igboho did not listen and began attacking everyone, even the monarchs he had dispatched to him.
The Ooni said: “He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different advice from people. Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.
“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm,”