Ordinary, I would not have bothered myself writing an article regarding Sunday Igboho’s unguarded utterances.
I decided to write this article based on the careless and senseless statement he made concerning the death of Pastor Damilare Adeboye, the third son of the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Igboho who came into limelight for challenging the Fulanis in Ibarapa land has allowed that single act of courage that we all commended him for to get into his head. Lately, he has become a flippant who has no respect for anybody. Hiding under Oduduwa nation, he has disrespected Obas, governors, religious leaders and even leaders in Yorubaland who have not openly declared their support to him. Now he sees himself as a mini-god that must be worshipped as he embarks on his egocentric agenda.
In the warped reasoning of Sunday Igboho, any Yoruba man who does not declare support for Oduduwa nation by making noise on social media like he is doing is a potential enemy of the Yorubas, even while many of them are working underground for Oduduwa nation to become reality.
In his brash and offensive gutter language, he lambasted and mocked Baba Adeboye for the death of his son. Below is Igboho’s statement:
“Has Baba supported the Yoruba nation that we will now be greeting him? We don’t need to greet Adeboye. What is my own with that? We are not doing church here. This is not religion.
“Pastor Adeboye didn’t speak about Yoruba nation. Look at the number of crowd in Baba Adeboye’s church. Is he not supposed to tell all of them to join Yoruba nation? We don’t need to greet him.
“God himself will start asking questions from all the enemies of the Yoruba race. By the grace of God, anybody who says Yoruba will not get to the promised land, God will kill their children and wives and their entire family.”
“Anybody who does not support Yoruba nation, those who have powers, be it pastors or anybody that has the followers, but does not support Yoruba nation, God I call on you; you’re the one who owns me and the creator of everything. Those elders who see our sufferings, who see that the Fulanis are kidnapping us and collecting ransom, but choose not to support us, as you kill their children, kill their wives. So shall it be!”
Even if lack of education is the reason why Igboho is behaving irrationally; does he also lack ‘commonsense? How can any sensible human being mock another person’s death? Death is a great lever.
It is true there are different kinds of people among us. There are rich people and poor people. There are good men and bad men. Some may be clever and others foolish. There are happy men and unhappy men. But all these distinctions and specialties last only as long as we are alive.
Once we are dead all must certainly crumble to dust. Death has no distinction between the good and the bad – The poor and the rich – the kind and the beggar. Death comes to everyone one day or the other. That is why we are called mortals. In a way, death can be called the great leveler as one that levels all distinctions. There is no way by which we can prevent death. All get defeated by death. People run after glory, power and riches without remembering this. They fight over silly little things. A man may be a great fighter. But he is fighter only as long as there is life in him. Once that life leaves him, he is turned to mere dust which everybody tramples on. Death makes all of us equal.
And lastly Igboho should be reminded that the death that visited Dare Adeboye will one day visit him and the rest of us. Death might have snatched Dare Adeboye at his prime; he served God and humanity. That is a legacy we should all strive to leave behind.