Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC) has despatched ominous text to a northern team, Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), for creating inciting feedback against Thursday’s start of the Western Nigeria Protection Network, codenamed “Operation Amotekun” by the governors of the six states of the South West.
The NYCN in a statement by its Nationwide President, Alhaji Isah Abubakar, shortly immediately after the launch experienced kicked against the initiative, describing the safety outfit as only a armed service wing of the OPC.
In distinction, the Igbo Socio-cultural business, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, quickly following the inauguration of the safety outfit, lauded “Operation Amotekun” as a action in the right path, Newswatch studies.
Meanwhile, the Lagos point out coordinator of OPC, Alhaji Mutairu Adesina, in a swift response has explained NYCN’s remark as inciting and capable of creating unnecessary tension in the place.
He stated, “it is sad that such inciting responses could arrive from a chief of a team in the North and this uncomplimentary assertion is able of creating avoidable tension in the place.
“It shows that the group is just one of the sponsors of these suspected herdsmen who killed our persons and destroyed our farms. Exactly where was Alhaji Isah Abubakar of NYCN when gunmen and suspected herdsmen invaded our farms and communities, kidnapped and killed our persons in the southwest?
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“Since its inception in 1994, OPC has in no way been observed seeking, none of our customers has been caught or arrested for kidnapping, destroying or killing other individuals.
“The records are there for everyone to see. OPC has always been complementing the initiatives of the Nigerian law enforcement on protection and security concerns.
We are not criminals, marauders or kidnappers. We have been carrying out our duties as a purely socio-cultural team with Olokun Festival Foundation, advertising our cultural heritage and traditions. We have a structure in 30 states of the state, and our users are scattered across the condition executing their authentic firms. So, why is Abubakar referring to us as militants?”
He ongoing that “However, I am content that we are commencing to see them, the enemies of our country, and the area. It only exhibits that the northern groups are frightened of us due to the fact they know that OPC is the only group that can curtail their nefarious activities”
“The issue of security is delicate since it is among life and death and now that our governors experienced risen to the situation with the launch of Amotekun, why is this team crying above a spilled milk?”
Adesina also gave a several insights into the worth of the safety outfit. He said, nevertheless the inauguration of Amotekun was lengthy overdue, “it was a well timed reaction to the myriads of protection problems that have been threatening the peace and tranquility of the region.”
“For occasion, there is Hisbah in Kano, and Civilian Joint Process Pressure (JTF) that enhances the efforts of the law enforcement and armed forces in Borno, eight states in Middle Belt fashioned the G8, so why is NYCN increasing concerns the place there was none.
“In the past four yrs, we have a report of about 200 folks throughout the southwest that have been killed by these felony herdsmen.”
“Over 400 men and women have also been kidnapped and introduced after paying out the ransom. So, why is this unneeded brouhaha around operation Amotekun?
“This group really should be warned mainly because from what transpired amongst yesterday and right now, there are indications that some things from the North are emotion unpleasant with whatsoever progress we are making in the west and that is too dangerous for our polity”.
“Three days ago, there ended up stories of assaults in some areas of Ondo. Stories of attacks have been unparalleled in the southwest and no person cares. A condition whereby an unidentified team in the north described “operation Amotekun”, a new initiative and framework from western Nigeria as a armed forces wing of the OPC is not only inciting, but it is also unhappy.”
Adesina, having said that, admonished the team to remain off from opinions that can lead to tribal wars mainly because these types of comment was unsavory.
The OPC Lagos coordinator also applauded the efforts of the governors, and other stakeholders, particularly, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, and Countrywide Coordinator of the team, Gani Adams, for throwing their weight behind the go, stressing the want to quick observe the procedures of utilizing the new initiative.
“I am also employing this option to guarantee all other groups in Lagos and other states in the southwest of their safety and security, irrespective of their tribes or religions. OPC will carry on to supply enough stability to all citizens. NYCN should really quit creating comment and advising the Protection Advisers from the governors.
“The governors are the number a single Main Safety officer (CSO) of their respective states and it is their accountability to make sure the protection of the citizens of the states, irrespective of tribes and religions. That is why they are staying elected.”