Fasehun Decries Marginalisation Of Yorubas
…Says We Will Respond At The Appropriate Time
Founder & President of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun has said today that the Yoruba race has learnt its lessons on marginalisation of descendants of Oduduwa in the federal appointments in the current administration despite the massive support of the South West for the present administration.
He said the current economic recession is surmountable in despite the present challenges, expressing hope that Nigeria would not fall into depression.
The OPC founder said that Yoruba as a race has taken in its perceived marginalisation by the current administration and that the Yoruba will respond at the appropriate time the damage done to her people.
Speaking during an interview in Lagos shortly after the congress honoured some Nigerians which cut across ethnic divide, Fasehun stated the Yorubas would not be like what he described as the “mad dog” that barks all the time, but would take calculated steps to make its position known on the state of affairs of Nigeria.
He stated that it was not right for a people, all the time to always criticise government and its policies, rather they should know that their contributions to national struggle has not been appreciated.
Fasehun posited that the Yorubas are keenly looking forward to the next election, adding that the race has learnt their lessons from what happened in the last administration.
According to him, “The Yoruba have learnt a big lesson for what has happened in this country in the last administration as well as the current government. We have assisted other ethic groups to get to power and that struggle has not been appreciated. But, we have recorded it. But, as a decent race, we will not be like the ‘mad dog’ that barks all the time. We do not have to criticise the government all the time. Yorubas have taken everything in their stride from the people doing the damage to us. Yoruba will learn how to react and we look forward to the next general elections.”
Fasehun said the OPC decided to honour some Nigerians, who are not Yorubas as evidence that the group defends the human rights of all irrespective of their tribe, adding that group also remembered its heroes that died in the last few years.
In his words, “There are two sides to life; happiness and sadness. That is why we are honouring our members that died during our struggle to detest official trampling on the fundamental rights our people and those from other ethnic groups that live in our midst.”