The Founder of Oodua Peopleâs Congress, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, said on Wednesday that the Yoruba had been marginalised under the present administration.
Fasehun, who spoke extempore at a seminar on âPeaceful co-existence in a multi-religious Nigeria, in Lagos, organised by a group, Muslim Rights Concern, warned that social injustice would promote violence.
He said, âLooking at the national leadership, there is no Yoruba man at the top. If you look at the judiciary, legislature, even the Secretary to the Federal Government is not a Yoruba man. If you have anything to share, you must consider the Yoruba. Yoruba believe in fairness, equity and justice. We are not violent but we are demanding our rights.
âWhen we voted, we thought there would be peace. But since we voted, we have not known peace. Social injustice will promote violence. If we do not indulge in peaceful co-existence, Nigeria will not grow. If we donât love our neighbour, we will be offending God.â
On religious tolerance, the OPC founder observed that in spite of numerous churches and mosques, Nigeria was not a godly nation because there was lack of sincerity.
Commending the Director of MURIC, Dr. Is-haq Lakin- Akintola, for organising the seminar, Fasehun said, âI am happy that MURIC is taking the initiatives. We believe in you and we will continue to support you. Religion should not divide us. Rather, it should unify us.
In his remark, Akintola, who observed that there was no alternative to peaceful co-existence among adherence of all religions, advised the Federal Government not to reduce the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.