The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has censured the previous head of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau over his remarks that OPC is equivalent to Boko Haram.
This was contained in a statement given on Saturday, by the OPC Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin.
According to the OPC, such articulations were fit for warming up the commonwealth and upsetting public harmony.
Oguntimehin also described Dambazzau as a northern irredentist and extremist popularly noted for his unguarded statements and expressions.
“From his statement, it is obvious that the ex-COAS is suffering from acute dementia and he is gradually losing touch with the realities of this time.
Dambazzau’s statement that OPC and IPOB are very much the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith and such statements have raised some fundamental questions about his intentions, interests, and morality as a former COAS and minister of Interior that have allegedly been supporting the bandits by offering both financial and technical support to the group.
Such high-profile ex-military officers cannot be trusted in the fight against insurgency because he had on several occasions pleaded on their behalf.
So for such a person to have said that OPC is the same as Boko Haram is not only derogatory, but it is most unfortunate, to say the least.
Furthermore, the OPC explained that Boko Haram has “taken over four states in the North and Dambazzau had never condemned their atrocities.”