Nnamdi Kanu is in Nigeria, heroes don’t run like cowards – Bamgbose charges Igboho

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Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has told Sunday Igboho to stop running or avoid being deported back to Nigeria from Benin Republic.

Bamgbose reminded Igboho that Yorubas are not known to be cowards, while offering to stand in defence for him as one of his lawyers if he returns to the country to face trial.

“Much as I do not support his agitation for the Oduduwa Republic, I will support his right to agitate for a better life for his people,” the senior lawyer told Newspot on Friday.

The Nigerian Government has been making frantic efforts to bring Igboho back to Nigeria to answer charges levelled against him ever since he was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic along with some members of his immediate family.

The activist was arrested by the Beninese authorities while trying to escape Nigeria to Germany through the air.

He is currently going through trials in the tiny West African nation for allegedly being in possession of a fake Beninese passport, among other charges.

His lawyers are working round the clock to ensure that he is not deported to Nigeria as new charges have cropped up against him.

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The latest development is that there are plans by the Benin Republic to deport him to Nigeria to avoid a diplomatic crisis with Nigeria.

“I want Igboho back in Nigeria, Yorubas are not known to be cowards. Much as I do not support his agitation for the Oduduwa Republic, I will support his right to agitate for a better life for his people,” Bamgbose added.

“Gani Fawehinmi of blessed memory was a renowned dogged fighter in his days, he had the opportunity to leave Nigeria, but he chose to remain in Nigeria and fight injustice and bad governance, he died a hero.

“Heroes don’t run, rather they stand still amid terror, oppression, and intimidation. Sunday Igboho should not be a coward, he should elect to come back to Nigeria, no evil can befall him.

“I will be prepared to be one of his defense lawyers pro bono to ensure that justice and rule of law prevail. Nnamdi Kanu is here in custody of the Federal Government, why should Igboho be on the run? Yorubas are known for their courage and bravery.

“I won’t support him to travel to Germany or any other country, Nigeria is his father’s land, he should not fear anything, there is absolutely nothing to be scared of.

“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was once detained by Abacha, but he came out to be the first elected President of Nigeria that ruled for 8 uninterrupted years.

“Those defending him not to return to Nigeria are not helping matters, the Yorubas used to say,’ Ile baba ki ba omo leru’ (The house of a father does not scare the son).

“I will therefore encourage Sunday Igboho to elect to be brought back to Nigeria for trial. His case won’t be the first one and may not be the last one. No harm can befall him in his father’s land.

“Let him come back to Nigeria. If what someone believes is not worth suffering and dying for, then it’s not worth pursuing.

“As said earlier on, I won’t support any form of secession, but I also do not support any form of cowardice. Heroes are not cowards and cowards can’t be heroes.

“I will however strongly advise the Federal Government to handle the agitators wisely. Wisdom and diplomacy are imperative to resolve issues before they become a crisis.”

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