13th January, 2012
The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) said on Thursday in Lagos that people or organisations attempting to create ethnic confrontation between the two bodies would fail.
The declarations by both the OPC and the AYCF were made on the heels of speculations of planned attacks by OPC on Hausa communities in Lagos.
OPC Founder Frederick Fasehun described the speculations as fabrications and dangerous concoctions aimed at creating an unnecessary crisis in the country.
“It is not true. There is no crisis whatsoever between the OPC and any other groups of people in Nigeria,” he said.
Fasehun, however, said he was aware of the speculations and had made enquiries to determine where they emanated from.
In his reaction, the National Coordinator of the OPC, Chief Gani Adams, described the speculations as very far from the truth.
Adams, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. San Sileola, said that there was no reason for such speculations.
“We are aware of that text messages on the planned attack. We have never planned such a thing,” he said.
Sileola said that Adams was currently attending a conference in Ireland.
According to him, OPC members and their leaders have Hausa friends, such as the President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, who is himself, a good friend of Adams.
In a separate interview with NAN, Shettima urged Nigerians of northern extract, who are resident in Lagos, not to fall for the blackmail.
“The truth is that I am in touch with the leadership of the OPC. We saw the text messages. Some people are just working to cause disunity in the country and they will certainly fail,” he added.