Former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, says the Federal Government of Nigeria can’t arm-twist Benin Republic into extraditing Yoruba Nation arrowhead, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
He said this is because the Benin Republic, like other former French colonies, represents French interest in West Africa. Benin Republic (formerly known as Dahomey) gained full independence from France on August 1, 1960.
The diplomat spoke on Wednesday while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable.
The septuagenarian also advised the Federal Government to stop the use of force on agitators and explore amicable resolutions.
The regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has, in recent times, clamped down on secession agitators from Southern Nigeria. The agitators had set out to break away from Nigeria, citing dissatisfaction, perceived injustice, and insecurity.
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services after he was extradited from a foreign country.
Similarly, the Buhari regime declared Igboho wanted and the regime has been pushing for the extradition of the activist who was arrested by Interpol in Benin Republic on Monday at the behest of the Nigerian government. the