The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Lagos State has berated the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) over comments made against the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
Adams had said that the killing of residents of Igangan Town, Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State is a declaration of war on the Southwest by the North.
Reacting, the CNG, in a statement on Monday, warned Adams that any attack against Northerners in any part of the South would not be acceptable.
The CNG added that Adams, who holds a high position in Yoruba land, has still be unable to overcome his former “militant tendencies” and conform to rules of decency required by his title.
However, the OPC Coordinator in Lagos State, Mutairu Adesina (Akerekoro), slammed the Northern groups for disrespecting the Yoruba leader with their statementS.
Adesina described the comments made by the CNG as unsavoury, warning the group to desist from statements that can heat up the polity.
He said: “The Aare would always stand by his words no matter whose ox is gored. That is why he is the Generalissimo of our race. He wouldn’t shy away from speaking the truth to power. But let me warn the Coalition of Northern Groups to desist from any attempt that can set the nation on fire. The Yoruba are worst hit by the Igangan massacre, and no Northern leaders have come out to condemn the killings and total onslaught on the town.
“The massacre was nothing but a declaration of war on the southwest by the north. Nothing more. Those that perpetrated the evil acts decided to unleash the terror on our people simply because we have been so accommodating. The north has taken us for granted, killing and maiming our people at will. Has any Yoruba man or group unleashed terror in the North? No.
“Rather than consoling us for the death of over 50 innocent people, destruction of cars, houses, and the monarch’s palace, the northern group’s only words were to caution Aare Adams, and making unsavoury statements.
“No good leader will take pride in spilling the blood of innocent citizens through killings, banditry and kidnappings. It is only here in Nigeria that a section of the country relishes in killing other sections without blinking an eye.
“The CNG needs to understand the implication of its statements against Aare Adams. Do we need any Prophet to tell us that those that perpetrated the dastardly acts are criminal Fulani herdsmen and bandits? The north has a target, but we will stand against all attempts to destroy or decimate our region.
“It is the duty of the police to unravel those behind the killings.”