Home / News / Local / OPC roars again: Founder’s wife hands over mantle to new President; Helmsman supports Kanu, Igboho; restructuring, action against foreign herdsmen
(L-R) New President of the Oodua People’s Congress, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Honourable Olawale Oshun and the wife of Dr. Frederick Fasehun, the OPC Founder, Deaconess Iyabode Fasehun, at the inauguration of OPC’s new executive officers, at Century Hotel, Okota, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

OPC roars again: Founder’s wife hands over mantle to new President; Helmsman supports Kanu, Igboho; restructuring, action against foreign herdsmen


 New President of the Oodua People’s Congress, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi and the wife of Dr. Frederick Fasehun, the OPC Founder, Deaconess Iyabode Fasehun, at the inauguration of OPC’s new executive officers, at Century Hotel, Okota, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021
(L-R) New President of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Honourable Olawale Oshun and the wife of Dr. Frederick Fasehun, the OPC Founder, Deaconess Iyabode Fasehun, at the inauguration of OPC’s new executive officers, at Century Hotel, Okota, on Tuesday, October 26,2021

Wife of the late Dr. Frederick Fasehun, Founder of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has ceremonially handed over the mantle of leadership to late founder’s newly elected successor, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, widely known as “Askari.”

Until Fasehun’s death on December 1, 2018 Afolabi was OPC Deputy President, and on April 8, members unanimously elected him as President to continue from where Fasehun stopped.

Decorating Askari with the insignia of his new office on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Deaconess Iyabo Fasehun, according to a statement by Comrade Bunmi Fasehun, OPC Secretary, told him and other executives: “Do not see your election as an opportunity for selfish gain but as an opportunity to serve and serve well. My husband stood for justice, peace and unity that he fought for until he transited. This path you should follow likewise. Always remember that Nigerians are watching to see how OPC will behave in your own time and at this period in our national history.”

The occasion was chaired by Chairman of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Honourable Olawale Oshun, and had in attendance dignitaries like Bishop Bola Odeleke, Rtd. Brig-Gen. Isa Aderibigbe (Governing Board Chairman of the Osun Security Network, Amotekun), Evangelist Kunle Adesokan and Comrade Jubril Ogundimu.

Recalling that OPC was founded in 1994 to protect Yoruba land, Yoruba people and Yoruba interest, the new President, Otunba Afolabi vowed that the new leadership would do everything to fulfil the Founder’s mission.
He extended a hand of fellowship to all OPC factions that had broken away from the mainstream founded and headed by Fasehun.

Afolabi said: “Let us come together to face our common enemies. Those enemies are people and conditions that encourage insecurity, poverty and inequality in the lives of Nigerian people.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari must realise that Nigeria urgently needed restructuring because no nation, with its complexity and diversity could be welded together by fear, by force and by injustice.

He said: “OPC supports restructuring. If the Nigerian government continues to ignore the cry for restructuring, it will only result in more agitation by more people for everybody to go their separate ways. To prevent this, Nigeria must be restructured along the lines of TRUE FEDERALISM, which formed the basis of its Independence in 1960.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari will not adopt the 2014 Confab report and others, then he should urgently package a National Conference to work out an acceptable Federal Constitution. Without this, Nigeria should dissolve peacefully and let all the people go their separate ways,” he stressed.

The new OPC leader also warned those he accused of encouraging foreigners to invade and oppress true Nigerians, saying, the triumph of evil over good would only be temporary.

He warned: “Nigerians who support foreign herdsmen to kill, rape and kidnap local farmers and indigenes will only endanger themselves. The displacement of native Nigerians from their God-given lands will not be allowed in the South, the East, the West or even the North.

“OPC asks the Nigerian Armed Forces to refuse to become instruments of injustice and oppression against Nigerian people. Instead, all the Security Agencies should go after all the evil foreign invaders and their supporters. OPC pledges its support to the law enforcement agencies to help maintain security based on equity and social-justice.”

Afolabi said that the government must immediately stop hunting and persecuting those agitating for a separate nation, such as Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, as their right to demand self-determination was guaranteed by international conventions that Nigeria signed.

“OPC recommends that the government should formulate inclusive policies that will convince agitators and separatists that Nigeria is worth sustaining and worth living for. The government must show that Nigeria is not for foreign Fulani herdsmen and their evil sponsors; but that Nigerian land is for Nigerian people,” the group’s President said.

Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Oshun urged OPC to continue to honour Fasehun’s legacies and ideals together with his ideological comrade, the Late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti.

He said: “Fasehun set out to protect the interest of the Yoruba at a crucial time in the nation’s history. The new leaders and all members of OPC owe the Yoruba people to continue to render this service by upholding social justice for all and sundry.”

About admin

Check Also

NiDO Africa pledges to partner Tinubu’s govt. to advance foreign policy

By Fortune Abang Abuja, May 28, 2024 Prof. Jude Osakwe, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *