Gani Adams
Gani Adams, Leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress

By Ogbolu George

Gani Adams, the leader of Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC), has said that the Nigeria Police was taking sides in the Yoruba and Hausa crisis that occurred in the ancient town of Ile-ife, Osun state.

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He made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday.

One-sided arrest and parade

Adams wondered why no single Hausa/Fulani extraction was among the 21 suspects arrested and paraded in Abuja by the police.

”It beats my imagination that a government that has been playing lip service to the lingering blood letting going on in Southern Kaduna, suddenly woke up from its slumber when the pendulum swings Westwards to begin an illegal arrest of Ife indigenes and leaving out the Hausa/Fulani who were deeply involved in the crisis untouched.

”The police recently paraded 21 suspects that were arrested in the aftermath of the crisis and to my chagrin, all of them were Yoruba.

”This leaves a question mark as to why no Hausa/Fulani was arrested, even as reports indicated that it was one of the Hausa/Fulani, residing in the Sabo area of the ancient city that sparked up the crisis. Infact, Yoruba recorded the first three casualties before the crisis went full scale,” he said.

The OPC leader condemned the police for its one-sided parade of the Ile-Ife residents over the clash.

”On behalf of my organisations, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and the Oodua Progressive Union, (OPU), I hereby state our serious objection to a one-sided arrest in a clash between two ethnic groups,” he added.

Avoiding violence

Adams called on the Federal Government to avoid issues that are capable of conflagrating the country.

”The interpretation would go beyond the level we can control. The action is not palatable because Nigeria is a heterogeneous state.

”It is not too late to correct the trend. This is very imperative as we are not going to fold our arms to see our land being overthrown from us,” he said.