Pastor Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, on Tuesday, has revealed that he spoke with Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, amid the Fulani herdsmen crisis rocking the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
Bakare, during an Instagram Live Chat with media mogul, Dele Momodu, on Tuesday, claimed he pleaded with Igboho to avoid a bloodbath.
Igboho had issued a seven-day quit notice to the herdsmen in Ibarapa and enforced same. There have been reprisals since the incident.
Bakare said, “Immediately, Sunday Igboho gave that ultimatum, I knew there was trouble if nothing was done immediately. And he carried out what he said he would carry out.
“What did I do? As an individual, I found a way of reaching out to him (Igboho). I have never met him before, never spoken to him before but I reached out to him and after a while, he called me and I said, I appeal to you by the mercies of God, two wrongs cannot make a right, you have proved your point, let us find alternative solution so that there would be no bloodbath.
“He promised to come and see me in Lagos and I had made preparations for him to come but unfortunately, his father took ill and he had to take him to the hospital.
“I also followed to ensure I prayed for the father. I told him, I am not saying you are right or you are wrong, that is not the issue but please, if you carry out this threat, it would lead to something bigger than you and you do not want to go down in history as someone who had good intention of defending the rights of his people but ended up bringing them a bloodbath.
“He thanked me and then he said he would find time to come to Lagos.”