A cross section of Nigerians have lambasted the Federal Government over the reported arrest of Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Nigerians who are still pouring in reactions on social media stated that the government abandoned the killer bandits ravaging the country who killed 13 policemen and shot down a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet on Tuesday, only to be running after Igboho.
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported how the Yoruba Nation agitator was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.
Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.
Nigerians on social media have warned that the arrest of Igboho, just a few weeks after the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra is a sign that the government was sowing a seed of discord and disunity among Nigerians.
Some social media users argued that the government was pampering bandits and kidnappers who are of northern extraction while harmless freedom fighters such as Igboho, Kanu and their followers are being hunted down.
Others also alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is a terrorist sympathiser as there has been no visible effort to tackle terrorism in the country.
Below are reactions on microblogging platform, Twitter:
Every Nigerians should now count his teeth with his tung because this government is against your freedom of speech and they are supporting terrorists.badit can shoot down the Nigeria fighting jet but you can’t agitated for your freedom. https://t.co/hVRc8hQyhJ
— Engineer Ernest (@NnamaniSunday11) July 20, 2021
Buhari is clearly more concerned and acting very swiftly about those clamouring for secession than he is about insecurity and poverty in the country. Great. https://t.co/KylpukPADc
— IkÃ©ngÃ Ideato (@ikennakris) July 20, 2021
Recently a âbanditâ boasted on video that he kills and slaughters Nigerian soldiers.
Two days ago a âbanditâ shot down a Nigerian military fighter jet in the air.
NONE OF THESE TERRORISTS arrested. NONE OF THEM. NOT ONE.
But today, the Nigerian Govt has arrested Sunday Igboho.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc ð©ºð³ð¬ð¬ð§ð (@DrOlufunmilayo) July 20, 2021
If you’re high priority to government, you will eventually be found, as the arrest of Sunday Igboho proves.
But if you’re not, whether you’re a top bandit or Boko Haram commander, your freedom is limitless.
Insurgency, banditry thrive ‘cos they’re not govt’s biggest priorities.
— ‘Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) July 20, 2021
The arrest of both Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho while simultaneously pampering Ahmad Gumi and his like DESPITE Northern rebels shooting down an Air Force jet sends a message that people will listen to.
That message will persist even after Buhari leaves.
I pity his successor.
— Chxta (@Chxta) July 20, 2021
What is the offence of this young Nigerian called Sunday Igboho? pic.twitter.com/wdnk9wSK2v
— OlÃ³yÃ¨ TD. Esq (@BolanleCole) July 20, 2021
Nigerian state is seriously provoking the entire southerners to war.
A call for Referendum is a democratic process thatâs enshrined in @UN & Nigerian constitution, why then is @NigeriaGov kicking against agitators?
The worldð & its leaders must take note.@StateDept @SecBlinken pic.twitter.com/3tgV1tLNYM
— Nnachi (@Godswillluv) July 20, 2021
In Buhari Nigeria, Terrorists, Killer Fulani Herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers are pampered as untouchables while freedom fighters are tortured, arrested and incarcerated or even killed. Hope Nigerians are taking note because the table will turn soon. No condition is permanent!!
— NEDU Samuel (P.Cule) (@Nedusam01) July 20, 2021
Nigerians on Facebook have also reacted to the report of Igboho’s arrest.
Madueke Enwere wrote, “But yet, bandits who’re within the country can’t be tamed nor arrested. But Nigeria is able to internationally coordinate the arrests of Igboho and Kanu. Just last Sunday, not less than 13 policemen were massacred by bandits in Zamfara yesterday, an air force jet was brought down by the same bandits.”
Emeh Chidozie commented, “And same gallant men continue to fall every day in the hands of their dirty games. Yet they continue to be used against those fighting to better their lives. If they can track him that far and arrest him then they know where the bandits are. And of course, they know, they can ask Gumi if they’re lost! The so-called bandits are invisible because the government turns a blind eye.”
Oluwatosin Affinih said, “Shame! Shame! Shame! Killers are parading our farms and highways but they are untouchable and unarrestable. Utter shame and show of shame! Confirms collisions in high places! But there’s a God that lifts up and bring down.”
Babatunde Israel noted, “So the government has the idea to coordinate with the foreign bodies by arresting Kanu and Igboho, the same should also be used to end Bokoharam and bandits killing and terrorising the country.”
Tunde Odeyale said, “This current government is just putting more hatred in the mind of his people especially the Southerners. Arresting Sunday Igboho and Kanu is not the best, it will fuel more discord, enmity among the south and the north and distance us more. Expect more of these guys, if not now but later.”
Recall that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunnaya, had advised Igboho to turn himself in to the nearest security agency.