The National coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, has affirmed that his men would be gallantly ready to confront the Boko Haram sect, if they make any funny move of penetrating into the Southwest.
Adams told Sunday Sun that the OPC would defend Yoruba land against any aggression with the last drop of their blood.
“We never thought that Boko Haram would ever think of coming to Yoruba land. We condemned what happened on Thursday out rightly and we are sending a warning signal to them that any attempt to bomb or destroy any part of Yoruba land will be met with severe resistance.
"Any group of person who attempts to attack Yoruba land will meet their waterloo. As an organization, we are prepared to defend Yoruba land with everything we have, including the last drop of blood in our veins. We will defend Yoruba land both physically and spiritually.”
Speaking further, Adams stated that the OPC would cooperate with relevant security operatives in order to ensure the safety of the region.
"We are ready to co-operate with any security agent working to restore peace and tranquility in Yoruba land. Yoruba is not known for religious fanaticism. As a people, we believe that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows for freedom of religion.
"Whether you are a Christian, Muslim or traditional worshiper, everybody should be free to practice what he or she believes in. We are sending a warning signal to the hierarchy of Boko Haram or Ansaru that they should not try what they are doing in the North in Yoruba land,” he added.
He disclosed that none of the Southwest leaders had approached him on the best possible strategy to adopt towards safeguarding the region, saying that Yoruba would not be caught unawares in case of any eventuality.
"I can’t count the number of calls I have received from well meaning Yoruba leaders between the incident of Thursdays and today. In my own opinion, Yoruba are prepared for any eventuality. Some of our Obas have called me; some other important personalities have also called me. Yoruba will not be caught unaware.
"I don’t know about the people in authority especially the governors and members of the state Houses of Assembly because I have never heard from them. No governor in Yoruba land has called me for us to sit down and map out strategies. All the same, we will contribute our own quota to ensure that Yoruba land is safe. From all indications, we are prepared for any eventuality,” he maintained.