Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.), Wednesday July 28, 2021, formerly presented his letter of credence to the President Patrice Talon of the French-speaking country.
Brutai has been in the forefront of the Nigerian government desperate effort to extradite Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho from the French territory using undiplomatic means like sending an helicopter to bundle Igboho until Benin Republic security authorities opted for the rule of law.
Meanwhile, agitators under the aegis of Yoruba Koya Liberation Movement (YLKM), have blamed Buratai alongside other Nigerian top government officials for the continued detention of Igboho in Benin Republic.
It would be recalled that Igboho, who was charged to court over an immigration-related issue, was on Monday, July 26, returned to prison with fresh charges leveled against him.
In a statement signed by Yoruba Koya Director of Media and Communications, Oluwafemi Oluwajuyitan, the agitators reminded President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders “putting political pressure on Benin Republic to jail Ighoho that nothing lasts forever.”
“Events unfolding in recent times have made it imperative to remind those who currently wield power to tread softly and remember that everything with a start will surely have an end.
“Recent events only remind one that in the face of suppression of truth and oppression of the masses, the oppressors have always consistently lost at the end.
“One cannot help but remember the brutish rule and reign of the dark-goggled General Abacha and how he ruled with iron fist. We remember how individuals who stood for the truth and the declaration of June 12 elections were hounded by state-sponsored hitmen. We remember how the dictator ended in ignominy.
“The present administration, being a democratically elected government, has surpassed previous military juntas in the bare-knuckled use of brute force to silence every voice of dissent.
“More worrisome is the rate of nepotism and a barely veiled attempt to lord an ethnic group over others. The dual law being applied by the state is also a cause for concern as Bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers in certain parts of the country are treated to sumptuous dinners with state actors while agitators for self-determination of their people are hounded and treated as common criminals.
“The Gestapo invasion of Chief Sunday Igboho’s house, the killing and abduction of his associates and his eventual arrests in Benin Republic at the request of this government are testaments of this government’s effort at ensuring that their lawlessness remains unchecked.
“We, as a Yoruba self-determination group, sees it’s time that this government and its actors of impunity are reminded that nothing lasts forever. Nigerians are in the countdown to the end of this administration even as calls are made to the International Criminal Court to keep the dossier of reports sent to them as they will become useful in no distant future,” the statement read further.