Oluwo of Iwo, Ọba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, has given reasons for the silence of Yoruba kings over the raid on the house of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, by operatives of the Department of State Services.
Igboho, who is a promoter of the Yoruba Nation, has gone underground following the invasion last Thursday, during which the secret police said it killed two persons and arrested 13.
The monarch, in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said many of the monarchs were in support of Igboho’s agitation against killer herdsmen.
He, however, complained that the Yoruba rights activist ignored some of their warnings.
Oluwo also said Sunday Igboho was cautioned about the manner he was agitating for Yoruba Nation but he failed to adjust.
He also accused Sunday Igboho and other agitators of the Yoruba Nation are not consulting with Yoruba monarchs properly.
According to him, the fight for the Yoruba Nation will be more productive with the inputs of the traditional rulers.
Oba Rasheed also said many monarchs kept silent over the DSS raid on Igboho’s home because he earlier abused some respected traditional rulers that could easily defend him against “external attacks”.
Oluwo, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “They forgot that the king superintends over everything and government has a duty to secure its citizens.
“The government cannot fold its hands again and allow a repeat of what happened during #EndSARS.
“We must be diplomatic with our demands. We cannot get our demand by fighting the government. Instead, we can negotiate and dialogue with the government.”