The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC has issued a warning to the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB against attacking any Yoruba person based on an alleged attack on Igbos in Lagos state.
This was contained in a press release by the signed by the President of OPC, Rasaq Arogundade. His statement is coming shortly after an earlier statement by IPOB signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, which claimed that Igbos living in Lagos were attacked during the last Presidential and National assembly Elections.
Powerfulalleged that the attack might have been orchestrated by some Fulani people against the Igbos.
“The Igbo are again exhibiting lack of contentment and appreciation of divine goodness in their lives. Where in Igboland are strangers accorded the privileges being enjoyed by Igbo in Lagos and Yorubaland? Igbo have lived peacefully in Lagos and the entire Yorubaland for ages. They carry out their business and own property unmolested.
As a matter of correction, there is no single Igbo stronghold in Lagos or any other part of Yorubaland. What exists are areas of high concentration of Igbo dwellers, who live side by side other immigrants and indigenes.
He stated that Igbo had always been treated well and given the opportunity to be elected into the Lagos State House of Assembly and were represented at the state executive council.
It is no coincidence that Yorubaland (South-West Nigeria) has been the most peaceful part in Nigeria. The relative peace is not because of fear or cowardice but a deliberate policy of our forebears, who after fighting many wars, have resolved to make peaceful and communal living the way of life.
That we are accommodating and friendly should not be misconstrued as a weakness or sign of timidity as the OPC is fully ready to repel any attack on Yoruba territory from any quarter,” Arogundade added.