In the meantime, a renowned historian and leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Dr. Ilana Omo Oodua, said that other people supporting the Yoruba people are currently fighting to prevent his extradition to Nigeria.
An Akintoye statement urged all Yorubas within and beyond Nigeria’s borders to unite.
“The Benin Republic, fortunately, abides by the law according to its constitution from the top down. A highly respected and leading lawyer has been hired to represent us.
It is now vital that the Yoruba nation at home and in the Diaspora stand strong and resolve that no Yoruba person will ever again be treated inhumanely or dehumanizingly, he said.
According to Comrade Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, the news of the arrest came as a surprise to him.
However, the body is still studying the situation before making a formal statement as details of the arrest are still sketchy.
Although he added that security agencies appear to be more active in hunting those who are peacefully agitating for the rights and better deals for their people than they seem to be in battling bandits and terrorists who have robbed thousands of innocent Nigerians of their lives and property.
Our present security situation would not exist if we had deployed half the energy we moved to apprehend Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho to the threat of terrorists and bandits who kill, rape, rob and kidnap people.
We hope the government will focus more on addressing the issues that led to ethnic agitation. “The sooner this is done, the better,” he said.