by Tolu Orekoya
The rumblings of a possible Boko Haram insurgence into the southern half of the country has created widespread fear as many question wbat cities might be possible targets.The Oodua People’s Congress has taken the offensive warning the Islamist sect to stay away from the south-west of the country
In a report by the Punch newspaper, Founder and President of OPC, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, tackled the issue by reiterating the need for a sovereign national conference, and that the dissatisfaction voiced by Boko Haram highlighted the need for the conference, but that the sect should not “export” the violence to “Yorubaland”.
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.”
He went on to emphasise the peaceful and integrated nature of Yorubas in the Nigerian context, but that they would defend themselves by any means necessary.
Another branch of the OPC also offered their services in assisting the federal government to combat the increase in bomb attacks. The coordinator of the Kwara State Chapter of OPC, Moruf Abdulsalam claimed that they had access to “new and scientific methods of averting bomb blasts.”
“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,” Abdulsalam said, according to Punch.