DAPO SALAMI – IBADAN
(“President Muhammadu Buhari should stop paying lip service to the
sensitive matter of security across the length and breadth of Nigeria”
(Comrade Rotimi Olumo, the chairman of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC,
Oyo state wing, expressed this statement in his address to newsmen in
Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He noted that, rather than subsiding, the spate of kidnappings,
killings and all sorts of crimes by Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram
sect has continued to witness an alarming rate.
According to him, Nigerian citizens can no longer sleep with their two
eyes closed but are currently living in an atmosphere of fear and
Comrade Olumo said further that, despite assurances by the President
Buhari-led government and the Inspector General of Police that they
are on top of the situation and crimes in general have been brought to
a low ebb, the reality on ground has proved to be contrary.
He averred that, contrary to the general belief that be dastardly acts
of Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram sect are confined to one section
of the country, “their activities has now assumed a national
The Oyo State Chairman of OPC has, however, put his weight behind the
plan of the Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-political group, the Ooni of
Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwuse, Ojaja 1, the Alaafin of
Oyo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Olubadan
of Ibadan land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji,
Ogungunniso I, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land and the National
Coordinator of OPC, Chief Gani Adams and other meaning stakeholders in
Yorubaland, to flush the killer herdsmen and the Boko Haram sect out
of the South West region.
“We as a people and the OPC can no longer fold our arms while some
unscrupulous elements continue to kidnap and destroy the lives and
property of our people, the Yoruba”.
“The lip service being paid to the tackling, flushing out and
checkmating the herdsmen and Boko Haram by the Federal Government has
left much to be desired”.
“We cannot condone the status quo anymore. We are tired of
government’s empty words where purposeful action is needed fast.
However, we ready to collaborate with all relevant security agency
security in the bid to tackle the security situation in the country”.