The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has promised suspected Niger Delta militants, that have in recent months wrecked havoc on South West of Ikorodu and its environs to stop or risk eye for an eye and force for force.
The Pan Yoruba cultural organisation said it can no longer tolerate a situation whereby indigenes of the South West have been klled, Kidnapped and driven away from their communities by the militants.
It has thus issued a 14-day ultimatum to the suspected militant group, to stop the continued onslaughts on South-West communities or face dire consequences.
The OPC in a statement entitled “Incursion of Ijaw militants into Yoruba land: Enough is enough”, said: “Enough of these invasions, killings and kidnapping of our people right on our own soil. We of the Oodua Peoples Congress (Reformed) have waited for this long, hoping that the government would curb the deadly acts of the Ijaw people on our kinsmen in their fatherland in Ogun and Lagos states.
“But, it has now dawned on us that the lives and properties of our people and, indeed, the masses are of no importance to those in authorities and the marauding militants.
“It is a known fact that we, the Yoruba, are the most contented, accommodating and tolerant among all the ethnic groups in Nigeria. We wholeheartedly welcome other tribes coming into our states either to reside or do business.
“But, if they want to take our hospitality for stupidity, we are ready to prove to them that the gentility of a tiger is not an act of cowardice. Before now, it was the Fulani herdsmen, now it is the Ijaw people that are on the prowl. Enough is enough.
“Consequently, we are giving the Ijaw militants a 14-day ultimatum to allow peace to reign in our land. If they fail to heed the warning, it will henceforth be an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. We will prove to them that Lagos belongs to the Yoruba and not a no man’s land that they tend to erroneously claim.
“If they must care to know, we have information and facts about where their leaders’ properties are situated in the entire South- West and where their people reside in our midst as well.”
The statement was signed by Comrade Dare Adesope.