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‘Forgive Me’ – Sunday Igboho Denies Insulting Ooni Of Ife, Asks For Forgiveness



Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has apologised to Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, for describing him and other Youruba leaders as ”Fulani slaves”.

Igboho during a virtual townhall meeting with Yoruba in diaspora on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, said the monarch disappointed Yoruba people when he visited Muhammadu Buhari over the herdsmen crisis rocking the South-West region.

He accused the Ooni of failing to tell President Buhari the truth about the plight of Yorubas during a meeting in Abuja last week.

The Yoruba activist threatened to deal with the monarch and Yoruba leaders for not speaking up against herdsmen crisis in the region.

Igboho described the Ooni, APC National leader Bola Tinubu, Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde and other Yoruba elders as “Fulani slaves”.

He said;

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?

The Ooni disappointed himself. Some politicians are behind Ooni’s latest move. He invited me to his palace but I refused to go. I would have gone if he had represented us well but he did not. I won’t honour any monarch who does not cooperate with me. Enough is enough, the Fulani have done enough.

Igboho added;

Our leaders are lazy and slaves to Fulanis. They visit Abuja to collect money. We will attack them and destroy their property. Ooni should be dealt with. I am annoyed. Why should we be afraid of the crown they (Yoruba monarchs) wear? Tinubu and other Yoruba politicians are Fulani slaves. Makinde is also a slave to the herders because of second term ambition.

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Following the backlash he received for insulting the revered monarch, Igboho has now tendered an apology.

Igboho in an interview with Isokan Omo Odua TV denied insulting the monarch, saying “I did not insult the Ooni.”

He, thereafter begged the monarch to forgive him if what he said appeared as an insult, stressing;

They said I insulted the Ooni of Ife. I and the monarch, as well as the Olugbon, have spoken on the phone.

The Yoruba tradition doesn’t permit the insult of elders. But because I was pained by the issue, my tongue was caught up in the moment. I spoke according to how pained I was. It wasn’t the Ooni alone I directed my words at, I also did to other elders.

It’s a case of father and child. I and the monarch have spoken as well as the Olugbon. I did not insult the Ooni. And if it appears as if I did, he should forgive me.

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has also appealed to the Ooni of Ife to forgive the political enforcer over his comments against him.

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