Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho has tendered a passionate apology to Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, over his outburst against the Monarch concerning the herdsmen crisis on Wednesday.
Igboho had lambasted the monarch while speaking during a Town Hall meeting held by Yorubas in Diaspora.
He described Ooni, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu as “Fulani slaves.”
He accused Ooni of failing to represent the people of South West well during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the herdsmen crisis at the Presidential Villa last week.
Following the controversies generated by his outburst against Oba Ogunwusi, Igboho who appeared in a Facebook video Wednesday evening, appealed to the monarch to forgive him, saying he was controlled by emotion.
The activist said he was frustrated about widespread abductions and killings linked to herdsmen of Fulani origin, a perennial crisis he said Yoruba leaders appeared to have been too timid to take up with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said he had spoken on the phone with Ooni over the matter, with the traditional ruler assuring his forgiveness.
He also appealed to the people and leaders from South West to unite and end kidnappings, killings, rape, and destruction of farms allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had earlier taken to Twitter to confirm that Igboho has apologized to the monarch.
He also appealed to Ooni to forgive Igboho, saying to “err is human & to forgive is divine.”
“I just spoke with Sunday Igboho & he confirmed to me that what he said about our reverred Ooni of Ife was said in the heat of the moment. He expressed his regrets & I was relieved to hear that. To err is human & to forgive is divine. I appeal to Kabiyesi to forgive him.
“For the record let me state clearly & categorically that NO Ooni of Ife, whether living or dead, has EVER been a slave of the Fulani & neither will they ever be. I can also confirm that my friend & brother Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo state, is a deeply courageous individual who would never bow before anyone let alone be a slave to the Fulani,” he said.
The former minister called on the people of South West to unite “in our quest for liberty and justice and in the face of the common enemy and we must move forward as one.”
“No-one can dispute the fact that Sunday has fought hard and done well. He has won the respect of all and sundry in Yorubaland and he has inspired millions of our people all over the world. Let us forgive him for this slip and continue to support and pray for him,” he added.
Fani-Kayode, however, did not make any comment on the outburst of Igboho against Tinubu.