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Following a statement by a former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), where he compared the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) as well as the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB) with the terrorist group, Boko Haram the Yoruba Group has replied him saying he has lost touch with reality.
In a statement on Saturday by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, the group berated Dambazau stating that the Ex-minister was notorious for making for unguarded utterances.
Dambazau, speaking on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of Army War College Nigeria Course 5/2021, said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and the OPC shared similarities with the terrorist group, Boko Haram. He added that both the OPC and IPOB were making attempts to plunge the nation into an ethnic war.
Reacting to the statement, OPC noted that the ex-minister’s statement was capable of heating up the polity and disrupting national peace.
According to the group; ‘From his statement, it is obvious that the ex-COAS is gradually losing touch with the reality of this time. His statement that OPC and IPOB are the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith and such statement has raised some fundamental questions about his intentions, interests, and morality as a former COAS and minister of interior. For such a person to have said that OPC is the same as Boko Haram, it is not only derogatory but the most unfortunate, to say the least.’
Oguntimehin went further to state that ‘Boko Haram was adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist group in the world, adding that to date, it remained as such with various cases of killings across the North.’
The spokesperson however stated that the OPC had since its existence in 1994 remained one of the most dependable organizations defending the interests of the South-West.
He added, ‘OPC has never been involved in any act of insurgency, including kidnapping or killings. Our group has been at the vanguard of supporting the police and providing information that can help them in ensuring effective security at the grassroots. For instance, during the #EndSARS protests, OPC protected some police stations and police formations against unscrupulous rioters who hijacked the peaceful protests.
‘Recently, the OPC, under our amiable leader, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, apprehended the notorious kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakili, who had been terrorising the people of Ibarapa and its environs. We handed him over to the police. For somebody of Dambazau’s status to liken such a group to Boko Haram truly shows his mindset. OPC has been reorganised, repackaged, and re-orientated in such a way that it has become a thorn in the flesh of bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK