The National Coordinator of a Yoruba group, Odua Peoples Congress,
Gani Adams, says President Goodluck Jonathan deserves praise from
members of the All Progressives Congress for approving a contract for
the OPC to protect pipelines across the South-West.
He said this while reacting to the allegation by the APC that
Jonathan bribed ethnic militias with N9bn to scuttle the elections.
Adams, who came under fire for leading thousands of youths to
protest against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Lagos last Monday, said supporting
Jonathan was in the interest of the Yoruba nation.
He said, “The allegation is that the Federal Government gave us a
contract: Pipeline security. What is the security of pipeline to the
OPC? We have been running this organisation without getting a dime from
any government but most of the security agencies saddled with the
responsibility of protecting the pipelines have failed; people were
dying every day.
“Nigeria was losing more than N3bn everyday to the activities of the
vandals and the agitation of that contract started from Dr. Fredrick
Fasehun one and a half years ago and you know the bureaucracy of
Nigerian ministries. It was a long process and it was just granted and
it will empower nothing less than 5,000 youths from my side.
“Altogether, that is about 15,000 jobs for Yoruba land. Will you
deny Yoruba youths the opportunity of getting 15,000 jobs because of
Adams said the APC was only being hypocritical because most of its
leaders had oil licences. He said the major reason they were against
Jonathan was because their licences were due to expire in September and
they feared he would not renew the contracts.