The Oodua People’s Congress has warned the violent sect, Boko Haram, to steer clear of the South-West.
In a statement on Sunday, Founder and President of OPC, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, asked the insurgents not to “export” violence to Yorubaland.
He said although Boko Haram’s current agitation justified OPC’s age-old demand for a Sovereign National Conference, his organisation would view the attack of the region as a declaration of war.
Fasehun said, “Nigeria has been experiencing some muscle flexing that has led to the death of many citizens in the North. But since such muscle flexing is not pitching geographical zones against one another, OPC has always felt that Nigeria’s current crisis has not assumed warfare proportions.
“We sympathise with those who have causes to struggle for. However, we believe that local struggles for social justice should be contained within local boundaries.
“Any extension beyond such boundaries clearly connotes the pursuing of a territorial ambition; and any people provoking other people through territorial ambition should ultimately expect a war. And in warfare, everything and anything is fair.”
Fasehun said the Yoruba people had elected to live in peace and harmony with other ethnic nationalities.
He, however, said they would do everything necessary to protect and defend their land and people from external aggression.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Kwara State Chapter of OPC, Moruf Abdulsalam, said the organisation could assist the Federal Government to combat the current insecurity in Nigeria.
Speaking during its state meeting in the state on Saturday, he said the organisation was ready to partner with the Federal Government and security agencies if invited.
He claimed the group hasd discovered ‘new and scientific methods of averting bomb blasts’.
Abdulsalam said, “We did not collect any money from security votes. They know those that are collecting the huge fund. But if President Jonathan Goodluck invites us, we shall do something about the present insecurity and bomb blasts because our national leaders have spoke on this issue before.”
Source – Punch