The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, on Thursday said he has forgiven Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, for his statement against him.
The media aide to the monarch said his principal is strongly behind Sunday Igboho’s intention to drive “criminal herdsmen” away from the South-West.
Olafare noted that Ooni was silent on Igboho’s allegations because “it is not in the style of the Ooni to make an official response on any matter that threatens the unity and peace of the country, especially as it affects the descendants of Oduduwa worldwide”.
Igboho during a virtual ‘Townhall With Yoruba In Diaspora’ accused the monarch of disappointing the Yoruba people when he visited the President Muhammadu Buhari over the herdsmen crisis rocking the South-West region.
The Yoruba activist, however, apologised to the first-class king over his statement.
Olafare also said Ooni was unperturbed by Igboho’s abusive and derogatory words against him.
He said, “Sunday Igboho still remains a son to the Ooni. Baba has already forgiven him because he had tendered an apology via a video clip he produced via social media yesterday evening.”
“The royal father could not bicker with any of his sons even in the face of quantum of provocations.”
“Sunday Igboho thereafter released the video in which he tendered his apology. Even though the way and manner Sunday had behaved was sacrilegious to the Oduduwa throne but he has already apologised and I can confirm that Arole Oodua has forgiven him, because, there is no perfection in humanity. Sunday is a human being like any other normal human being who could misbehave as well. No one is perfect!”
“As the father of all, the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula remains his father who had even identified with him in the past two weeks he had begun with the struggle and he is still solidly behind him for the liberation of the Yorubas from criminal herdsmen who have adamantly terrorised our land. Just that he must watch his back so that people with ulterior motives will not hijack his movement.”
The traditional ruler, however, appealed to all and sundry to “let the sleeping dog lies on the matter because Sunday had been forgiven and life must go on”.