The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has carpeted a former Minister of the Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) over his comments comparing it with insurgent group, Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Publicity Secretary of the OPC, Mr. Yinka Oguntimehin in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos said the former minister has lost touch with reality for making such statement.
Dambazau had while addressing guests at a function on Friday in Abuja said both the IPOB and the OPC were similar to Boko Haram as they were on a mission of dragging Nigeria into an ethnic war.
Reacting on behalf of his group, Oguntimehin said, “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 stated that Boko Haram was adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist group in the world, adding that till date, it remained as such with various cases of killings across the North,” he said.
Continuing, the Opc spokesman said, “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 grass roots.
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.’’