Sunday Igboho: Yoruba Nation Group lists conditions for dialogue with Buhari Govt

History professor Banji Akintoye and leader of the Yoruba self-determination group Ilana Omo Oodua revealed that the group is open to dialogue with the federal government.

Akintoye, was reacting to a statement by the Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Malami, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, said the government led by Muhammadu Buhari may be willing to consider all kinds of solutions, including political ones, to resolve the crisis surrounding the unrest.

Asked if the federal government was unwilling to a political solution to the issues surrounding Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Igboho, Malami said the government wouldn’t mind trying.

Speaking with PUNCH on Thursday, Akintoye, through his spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, said Sunday Igboho did not commit any crimes by waving for secession from the Nigerian state.

The professor said the Buhari government must ensure Igboho’s release from the Republic of Benin before any political solution can be discussed.

He said: “We have read what the AGF has said about not ruling out a political solution, but it needs to clarify what they mean by that. Does he want us to come to plead with the Nigerian government or get close when the Igboho and other agitators of the Yoruba Nation have committed no crime?

“Our position is that Malami should clear up. However, Igboho did not commit any offenses and there were no charges by the Nigerian government against Igboho in court.

“We are focused on our agitation. However, if the Nigerian government is open to dialogue about how we can peacefully accomplish our goal, we are open to it. The release of Igboho will also be part of the deal. If we’re going to have that discussion, Igboho has to be on the seat in the dialogue meeting. “

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