Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has said that Yoruba land remained better protected by members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, than by the Nigeria police.
Mr. Mimiko stated this at the 80th birthday celebration of OPC founder, Frederick Fasehun, in Lagos on Saturday.
“You founded OPC. Today, I tell you in Yoruba land that many Yoruba people will feel secure with OPC guarding their streets than the conventional police,” he said.
The governor said the formation of the group was one of the many legacies of Mr. Fasehun.
“It is not yet over; you struggled for democracy for this country; the second part of it is indeed the struggle for restructuring Nigeria into true federal states.
“One thing is clear and I have always said this that OPC is about protection of Yoruba people, because Yoruba people hate injustice,’’ he said.
He described Mr. Fasehun as a gentleman, a detribalised and unique Nigerian.
“I speak on behalf of the government and people of Ondo state; we are proud of you. As a governor of Ondo state, I am proud to be associated with you,’’ he added.
In his remark, Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security of Officer, CSO, to a former Head of State, late Sani Abacha, said Mr. Fasehun was a bridge builder with a large heart.
“He has done quite a lot; nobody can quantify the much he has put across the country.
“He has the capacity and the wisdom and the large heart to build bridges of peace in Nigeria,” he said.
Mr. Al-Mustapha, a retired major, also described Mr. Fasehun as “brave, dependable, fearless and knowledgeable’’ person.
In his speech, the OPC leader said that the celebration was organised to build bridges by bringing different ethnic groups in Nigeria together.