Herdsmen crisis: What I told Sunday Igboho –Tunde Bakare




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Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Tuesday, said he contacted popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, amid the crisis rocking the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The cleric spoke in an Live Chat with popular journalist, Dele Momodu, monitored by The PUNCH.

Igboho had issued a seven-day quit notice to accused of sundry crimes in Ibarapa and enforced same. There have been reprisals since the incident.

Bakare said, “Immediately, Sunday Igboho gave that ultimatum, I knew there was trouble if nothing was done immediately. And he carried out what he said he would carry out.

“What did I do? As an individual, I found a way of reaching out to him (Igboho). I have never met him before, never spoken to him before but I reached out to him and after a while, he called me and I said, I appeal to you by the mercies of God, two wrongs cannot a right, you have proved your point, let find alternative solution so that there would be no bloodbath.

“He promised to come and see me in Lagos and I had made preparations for him to come but unfortunately, father took ill and he had to him to the hospital.

“I followed also to ensure I prayed for the father. I told him, I am not saying you are right or you are wrong, that is not the issue but please, if you carry out this , would lead to something bigger you and you do not to go down in history as someone who had good intention of defending the rights of people but ended bringing them a bloodbath.

“He thanked me and then he said he would find time to come to Lagos.”

Bakare, who said if care was not taken, there could be 10,000 Sunday Igbohos in the country, tasked security agencies to bring all perpetrators of killing, kidnapping and rape in Ibarapaland to .

He added, “Let not throw legal semantics with this issue. When people are being slaughtered and being and this man is reeling out the names of those who are and nobody has disproved that they were truly , whoever killed those people if they are not brought to , then, you cannot be asking a man who is saying I justice to say he is wrong.

“Two wrongs don’t a right, I am not asking him to go anybody, I’m not asking him to laws into hands but I am saying would you say that those who are just die for nothing?

“Where were the police and security agencies when those people were being ? If their were not brought to , we could have more 10,000 Sunday Igbohos in one day if care is not taken.”

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