President Goodluck Jonathan has been urged to shun any action that may introduce disunity among the Yoruba people in the South-west region.
Speaking against the backdrop of allegation of a contract for the protection of the pipelines in the South-west purportedly awarded to the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the duo of Ifedayo Ogunlana and Rasaq Olokobaa, Chairman and Secretary, Coalition of Oodua Self-Determination Groups (COSEG), said
respectively that such move would be an attempt to divide the Yoruba nation.
Rising from its monthly leadership consultative meeting where the state and local government coordinators were present, the group, speculated that the contract was not out of genuine love but to cause disaffection among self-determination groups and leaders in the region.
“It is for the sole purpose of the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 which at the end could lead to blood bath amongst them.
“We shall not allow anybody to use us against one another any longer because of any selfish ambition towards the 2015 general election.”
According to the group, contracts for the protection of pipelines in the region cannot address the myriads of national problems confronting the people but that a holistic approach to good governance that would guarantee the provision of gainful employment for the teeming unemployed Yoruba youths, rehabilitation of roads across the region that have become death traps, among other things should be put in place.
The group said the federal government knew how they went about the palliatives for the Niger Delta militants in such a way that accommodated all the stakeholders without discrimination, complaining that “the process leading to the award of contract of securing pipelines in the region by the NNPC does not only lack sincerity but it is also faulty, mischievous and selective.”
They also noted that with the arrangement as regards private participation in securing the pipeline, “hope is now lost on the Nigeria Police,” adding that as such, the police should be disbanded and that calls for state policing should be considered.