Igboho: Nigerian government must learn from history – Okei-Odumakin

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

President, Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has called on the Federal Government to learn from history over an attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

A joint team of soldiers, DSS and the police attempted to arrest Igboho on Friday afternoon on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

His attempted arrest was resisted by youthful supporters of Igboho.

Reacting to the development, Okei-Odumakin said Centre for Change received with concern the reported attempt by security operatives to whimsically arrest Igboho.

“We must learn from history and tread carefully! This was how a little Boko Haram fire was carelessly handled and it became the monster that it is today.

“With crises everywhere – Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, banditry, kidnappings and the Niger Delta militants joining the fray again – we must not open another theatre of war in the South-west.

“Rather than go for Igboho’s arrest, let the Federal Government address the vexed issue of Fulani herdsmen’s terrorism in the South-west and, indeed, in other parts of the country,” Okei-Odumakin said.

According to her, “This is what gave rise to the Igboho phenomenon and solving it will be tantamount to uprooting the problem completely and handling the Igboho issue.

“Cutting the branches might turn out an exercise in futility as the tree will sprout again. Leaving the substance and chasing shadows is like leaving leprosy and treating skin rashes.

“Addressing the problem of insecurity holistically will be less expensive than opening another front for unrest in the South-west.

“Besides, it is important to remind the authorities that we are in a democracy, which does not allow for extra-judicial killings or the trampling of the fundamental rights of citizens. Gestapo-like seizure of citizens is anathema to democracy and we thought we had outgrown that!”

Okei-Odumakin said Nigerians fought bitter fights and waged relentless struggles for the freedoms and liberties bring enjoyed today – including those compatriots in power.

“They, therefore, must not take us back to the dark ages of arbitrary arrests and abridging of the inalienable rights of Nigerians. A word is enough for the wise!,” she said.



  1. PUSH, rather than PULL politics is Nigeria’s major problem and it has been in place since the era of our so-called civil war. Nigeria is a space crafted by the colonialist for their own express convenience and was not designed to benefit anyone but the creators. It is hence the responsibility of those in power to realize the futility of their efforts to force Nigerianism on everyone; rather, they need to find a compromise that benefits all. “TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE, IS A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE:” was the mantra in the late 60’s and is currently the driving force behind all that is happening in the country. The idea is to create a fearsome atmosphere so as to keep everyone in check, but it is only resulting in a more divisive situation. The use of fear may deter many people, but it will always create others with radical ideas who are ready to be martyrs for the cause: hence the Boko haram, the Niger Delta Boys, Kidnappers and bandits and now Sunday Igboho. There is a reaction to every action. PUSHING a fellow human being into a situation where they loose absolute control of their lifestyle will eventually lead to a push back. That is why keeping Nigeria one is no longer a TASK that MUST be done, but rather a situation which must be reexamined and implemented with the utmost reverence for everyone involved. Our leaders chose the American presidential system of governance, so they should study and follow it to the letter. The USA was a colony of the British until it fought the war of independence and the founding fathers created a lasting constitution that eventually PULLED many jurisdictions into the union. So, PULL politics worked for the USA and is still working in spite of Donald Trump, so it can work for Nigeria too if honestly put into operation.

    • Dr Okei-Odumakin has spoken sensibly. The root cause of Kidnapping, Raping, Herding, banditing and ransoming did not start from Igboho. They all started from poor handling if Boko Haram and Buhari’s fear of loosing election. So solving Nigeria problem should start from the North where foreign Fulani herdsmen were imported to the country. Arresting Igboho or Kanu would be like cutting just the branches of an Iroko tree and leaving the tree itself and the tap root untouched because the tree grown up from certain part of the country.

  2. This is the reason why the southerners should do away with all the security agencies located in the South. They are all established against the South. Take SARS for instance. No Northerner has come up to say that he or she was victimised by SARS operatives. Yoruba should wake up now. The North are evil.

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