The group recently faulted a statement credited to former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, retired Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau, describing the group as terrorists.
According to its newly elected President, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, it is not proper for the ex- army chief to equate the group with activities of Boko Haram insurgents when it is clearly a lie.
He added that such should not repeat itself because comparing the congress with Boko Haram will always be dangerous, prejudiced and false.
His words, “We disagree with this attempt at blackmail and negative profiling.”
“OPC is not, has never been, and will never be a terrorist organisation. Nobody should link us or liken us with terrorists.”
“We have never been on the global radar of terrorism like Boko Haram because we have never even been remotely connected with terrorism.”
“Dambazau should realise that there is no Federal Character in terrorism. The South-West has never bred any terrorist organisation, least of all OPC.”
“A case in point is the last #EndSARS protests. OPC operatives guarded the police stations and prevented several of them from being burnt.”
“Several DPOs (Divisional Police Officers) officers and men are living witnesses to our patriotic action on that occasion.”
“OPC, as a socio-cultural organisation formed in 1994, has millions of followers who fought for the entrenchment of democracy as part of NADECO.”
“Agitations whether for Biafra or Oduduwa Republic are being fuelled by the rising scale of insecurity, the unhindered killings by bandits , kidnapping and poverty which are challenges that must be tackled.”
“As Dr Fasehun always said, Nigeria must come together to the negotiation table and fashion out a truly people’s Constitution that will emphasise True Federalism, Resource Control and Devolution of Power.”
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