The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday, slammed Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, over the latter’s claim that Yoruba agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has ties with major sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.
It reported that Malami, during a press conference in Abuja on Friday, stated that the secessionist has 43 accounts in different banks, stressing that some financers of Igboho have consistently deposited funds in the accounts.
Reacting to the claim, Afenifere, in a statement by Sola Ebiseni, the Secretary-General of the group, said Malami’s claim showed that the Federal Government of Nigeria was hell-bent on destroying Igboho.
Afenifere also claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari before 2015 was the one who displayed extremism by calling for the application of Sharia law in Nigeria.
Afenifere’s statement partly read, “The Federal Government with its Attorney-General will not stop amusing themselves with illogical reasoning on the nationality question. It’s expected that the AGF would be guided by the standard of a reasonable man, which is a central test in legal inquiry, before addressing the public.
“This time around, the team set up by him, at a time he is hell-bent on nailing Igboho, has satisfied his emotional expectations, but in a most unreasonable and tenuous manner, by suggesting that Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba nation campaigner, would be on the same sponsorship with Boko Haram.
“Only someone with pathological hatred for Igboho and insult to the Yoruba nation will find a common bed for Yoruba nation agitation and Boko Haram, which is known to act in tandem with the Fulani herdsmen whose terrorist acts were responsible for Igboho’s campaigns.
“It’s of amusing cruelty that the Federal Government which was unable to defend itself of terrorism against Igboho and for which it was handed N20billion in aggravated damages, would turn around that Igboho received less than N200million to sponsor terrorism since 2013 when Igboho had never been heard of and when Major General Muhammad Buhari, as former Military Head of State then was campaigning for the Sharia as a law of general application in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government and its security agencies should better pay the damages awarded against them, apologize to Igboho and his household for the acts of terrorism committed against the peaceful campaigner.
“The Federal Government may continue to play the ostrich, the whole world knows those who enacted, engineered, and continue to promote terrorism in Nigeria.”