OPC promises to protect farmlands
Members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) have promised to secure farmlands against rampaging herdsmen.
They also promised to forcefully oppose the sponsorship of the grazing bill at the National Assembly, describing it as an insult to the collective psyche of Nigerians.
They also advised the embattled leader of the group, Otunba Gani Adams to stop parading himself as their leader and to honourably resign from the position, accusing him of trading the organisation for pecuniary gains.
This was the resolution of the group at a general meeting held at Gbagada Roundabout in Lagos, where more than 1,000 members of the group across many states of the federation, including Bayelsa, participated.
The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Shina Akinpelu, said communities in Ayetoro in Ogun State, to the Oke-Ogun towns of Oyo State and other states of Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara States, have suffered from the attacks of the herdsmen.
He traced the attacks to many Centuries ago when Yoruba lands, including the old Oyo empire was ravaged by the activities of the herdsmen.
“It is therefore, an insult to collective psyche to hear that a bill is being considered to allow or create grazing zones for this criminally minded people. The OPC and indeed the whole Yoruba nation rejects any such proposition and will resist it with all that we have.”
Also speaking were members of the group’s National Coordinating Council (NCC), including Chief Boye Mayunpe (Baba Oodua); Alhaji amusa Musiliu (Biggy); Chairman Lagos Island chapter, Alhaji Lateef Oshodi; Chairman of Oyo State chapter, Chief Adeola Adeagbo; his Kwara and Bayelsa States counterparts, Comrade Moruf Olanrewaju and Comrade Akeem, among others, who condemned Gani Adam’s style of leadership.