Stop your attacks on Yorubaland – OPC warns herdsmen Niger-Delta militants

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Worried by the recent killings of people in parts of Lagos and Ogun states by suspected militants, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) National Coordinating Council on Sunday asked the herdsmen and the Niger-Delta militants to stop their attacks on Yorubaland and its people as well as other non-indigenous inhabitants.
The Yoruba socio-cultural group in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan signed by the spokesperson of its National Coordinating Council (NCC), Comrade Sina Akinpelu, warned that “enough is enough of the “unwarranted, diabolical and fatal attacks”.
Comrade Akinpelu cautioned that those behind such attacks and those aspiring to attack Yorubaland or its interests should have a rethink”, or “there will be immediate and far-reaching reprisals, the type of which is easier imagined than experienced”.
“OPC is able and ever ready to match force with force if that should be the only solution to the incessant attacks on Yorubaland. The Oodua People’s Congress will continue to protect the Yoruba people anywhere and we urge our people to continue to be law abiding in the face of these unprovoked attacks. We do not want chaos and restiveness in the South West like it is the case right now in North East and South East,” he said.
He pointed out that in as much as the Yoruba people are peace loving and accommodating, such should not be taken as an opportunity by the herdsmen and the Niger Delta militants to be attacking the Yorubaland at will.
He stressed that the time has come for the Arewa and Ijaw leaders to “with immediate effect call the herdsmen and
Niger-Delta militants to order as henceforth OPC will not adopt ‘siddon look’ on further attacks on Yorubaland and its interest”.
Comrade Akinpelu noted that in as much as OPC “recognizes the right of all people to self-determination, it also believe that such right should not infringe on the rights of others, particularly the peace-loving and amiable Yoruba people”, saying, “no group or race has monopoly of violence”.
While urging the Northern and Niger-Delta elders and leaders to call their people to order, he lauded Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for his exemplary devotion to ensuring peace and general well-being of Lagosians.

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