Wole Soyinka Visits Sunday Igboho In Benin Republic
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has paid Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo (popularly known as Sunday Igboho) a visit in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Soyinka, a professor of Comparative Literature, crossed the Seme border around Sunday noon into Cotonou.
A statement issued by Sokinya’s media office in Abuja confirmed the visit, with a picture showing Igboho with the Nobel laureate and leader of Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Banji Akintoye.
It could however not be ascertained what transpired at the meeting.
Recall that Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin, on their way to Germany.
Department of State Services (DSS) raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state on July 1, killing two people, arresting 12 aides but Igboho escaped.
Igboho had planned a “Yoruba nation rally” in Lagos two days before the raid.
Following his arrest, many supporters including Wole Soyinka condemned the continuous detention of Igboho ‘without trial’.
The legal battle to either extradite Igboho to Nigeria or free him witnessed a series of dramatic twists and turns.
While Beninoise officials later released his wife, Igboho remained in detention until March this year, when they released him on health grounds.
He was also released on the condition that he remain in the country “for the time being under full security,” according to his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu.
Following Soyinka’s arrival, a crowd mobbed him while he was waiting to complete immigration formalities, repeatedly asking about his destination.
Soyinka responded he was visiting Igboho to “break the Moslem fast with him.”
He said even though they are both non-Muslims; it made no difference because he wished to see Igboho, to sympathise with him.
Ramadan is as good as any other season to express non-denominational solidarity.