The Yoruba Nation agitator leader, Sunday Igboho, has been urged to surrender himself to the DSS Department (DSS).
The call was made by the Olowu Kuta and Chairman Supreme Council of Owu Obas, Oba Hameed Makama while speaking with reporters in his palace at Owu Kuta in Aiyedire Local Government Area of Osun State.
The monarch told self-determination agitators to dialogue with Federal Government.
Oba Makama stressed at the council of Obas’ meeting that nobody ever talked about secession and the monarchs believe in the corporate entity of this country.
According to him: “No serious government will like to see his country in turmoil. The separatist struggle is like waging arms against the state.
“Nobody dares face the federal might and succeed. Nigeria will not sit down, after the civil war, and face another internal war.
“The banditry and Boko Haram that we have at hand is more than enough. So, I will advise the agitators to dialogue with the Federal Government.
“Sunday Igboho should give himself to the government voluntarily. He will have sympathy rather than they go fishing him out.”
He added: “Rather than calling for secession, I would support restructuring because if you restructure, then you can devolve power. If power is devolved, there will be more money.
“Local government autonomy has become an aberration, especially in the Southwest. The state governments have killed the local government and that is one of the major problems that we have. I will support holistic, clear, defined restructuring, rather than secession.
“If the local government is well organised, some problems of insecurity will be solved. As we are, the traditional rulers, we don’t have a constitutional role and we are the principal stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, Sunday Igboho had on Saturday wrote a petition to the federal government complaining about the damage on his residence, cars and other property by state agents.
He estimated that he lost N500million and demanded the same as reparation.
Igboho stated this in a letter through his counsel Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN) and also sought a public apology for what he described as a violation of his fundamental rights during the invasion of his house and the institution of a probe of the action of the security officials that raided his apartment.
He equally pleaded with all Southwest Governors to: “know the yearnings of their people and Igboho’s large followership to wade in before it becomes hydra-headed security problems in all their domains.”
Alliyu claimed that those arrested in Igboho’s house were being tortured to incriminate him that guns and ammunition were recovered from his house.
He said: “Sunday Igboho knew that he would be arrested one day hence retaining our services. He could not be that daft to keep incriminating articles in his house!
“Our client’s house is a 5 bedroom duplex with 5 chalets of 2 and 3 bedrooms. These were damaged with operatives allegedly arguing on whether to burn down the edifice as done to his former palatial house. The lady officer allegedly put her foot down against arson,” Alliyu added.