The decision to arrest Yoruba activist and Oodua Republic agitator Sunday Igboho could worsen the security crisis in Oyo, former Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose warns.
Igboho, whose real name is Sunday Adeyemo, recently launched an unlawful campaign to expel Fulani settlers from the South-West.
Hours after residents allegedly attacked and expelled a Fulani chief from Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo on Friday night, President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly ordered the police to shoot Igboho and his supports on sight. But the activist denied any involvement in the alleged violence.
Governor Seyi Makinde has also directed police commissioner Ngozi Onadeko to arrest Igboho.
Fayose, who handled a herdsmen crisis during his time as governor, however, says there is a better way to handle the matter.
“Governor Seyi Makinde should rather use dialogue and persuasion instead of escalating tensions in his own state by calling for the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo,” Fayose said via a statement made available to The Realm News on Saturday.
“If the federal government and some governors could ‘dialogue’ with Boko Haram terrorists, Governor Makinde calling all stakeholders to a round-table discussion will not be misplaced action.
“Any attempt to arrest anyone will cause serious threats to the fragile peace in the West and the nation.
“Above all, any unchecked escalation may lead to a state of emergency.”