Hold a demonstration for peace in Lagos
By Adesina Wahab
Continuing its peaceful campaigns against groups fighting for the secession of the Southwest and the dismemberment of Nigeria, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, YAF, held a rally for peace in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday to sensitize people and prominent Indians. from the state on the dangers posed to the Nigerian nation by self-proclaimed Yoruba self-determination groups.
YAF, however, took advantage of the occasion of the rally for peace to warn the different groups that demand the restructuring of the Nigerian Federation, warning them not to give rise to anti-patriotic elements, who are only interested in the dismemberment of the country to carry out Acts of treason directed throwing Nigeria into chaos and violence.
The Coalition also took the opportunity to present petitions to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa and some prominent traditional rulers in the state.
YAF members, who have been on tour in the southwestern states to draw the attention of their relatives to the plan to isolate the Yoruba race from the rest of Nigeria, also petitioned the Lagos State Police Commissioner and the Director of the Department of State Service. , Shangisha, Lagos.
The traditional rulers in Lagos requested by the Coalition include the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Babtunde Akiolu; Alara de Ilara, Epe, Oba Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo; Aholu Menu Toyi from Badagry, Oba Babatunde Akran; Olu de Ejigbo, Oba Morufu Ojoola; Osolo de Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka; and Onigando de Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi.
YAF also submitted a petition to Oba de Ojomu Ajiran, Oba Tijani Akinloye; Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal; and Onisiwo de Tomaro and Abagboland, Oba Musiliu Adio Yusuf.
The coalition described the alleged plans of some Yoruba secessionist groups to work for the disintegration of Nigeria as “diabolical”, warning that this could lead to a second civil war in the country.
YAF National Coordinator Adeshina Animashaun, who led dozens of other members of the group during her visits to the Office of the Governor and the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Alausa Secretariat and to the royal fathers, appealed to the six governors and other major stakeholders in the South-West to meet the challenge and stop the plans of the secession agitators and some Yoruba elders backing them to cause chaos in the region.
The Director (Politician), Office of Civil Participation, Office of the Governor, Alausa, received the request from YAF on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while another official of the House of the State Assembly received a copy of the request addressed to the Speaker, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa.
Animashaun reiterated that the aims and objectives of the most vociferous of these groups known as the Yoruba World Congress, which claimed to be the coordinating body for these amorphous groups, were “obviously suspect.”
“Those people, by their nefarious and unpatriotic activities, are bent on bringing hardship and disaster to the peace-loving people of the Southwest,” he said.
Animashaun recalled that the YWC President General, Professor Banji Akintoye, in a press release, had revealed that the Yoruba-speaking nation’s membership of UNPO was included in a letter addressed to him through the YWC coordinator. for Europe by the UNPO secretary. General, Ralph Bunches.
“Your Excellency, the antics and body language of the YWC are clear enough indications of the sinister plans of some of these so-called Yoruba self-determination groups and their leaders like Professor Akintoye, to lead their unsuspecting and innocent people to secede from Nigeria. “, He said.
The YAF coordinator noted that with Amotekun under the control of YWC, he was planning to sustain unprovoked attacks and step up provocation from other Nigerians, especially those from the north, in pursuit of his selfish and diabolical goal of secession and dismemberment of Nigeria.
Animashaun, therefore, emphasized that YAF did not support any person or group calling for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria.
He promised that members of the Coalition and YAF would not be part of any arrangement that state governors of the Southwest and traditional Yoruba rulers have not endorsed.
The YAF coordinator also reminded those mobilizing for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria that such an act is treason and punishable under the country’s law.
YAF spokesperson Oloketuyi Ojo told reporters that the peace rally was also to thank Governor Sanwo-Olu and other Yoruba leaders for taking steps to prevent the “evil” plans of some groups to cause chaos on 1 October.
On the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, YAF urged all Nigerians to remain peaceful and patriotic.
According to the coalition, “Let us continue to celebrate peace in our country by ensuring that the work of all our past national heroes, who have given us the freedom that we have enjoyed in Nigeria over the past 60 years, is not in vain. .
“We must not take our independence for granted. Rather, we must constantly strive to play our role in a patriotic manner in order to make Nigeria a better place for ourselves and the unborn generations.
“Only when our country progresses in everything in a climate of peace, the whole world can be proud of us. No nation advances in a chaotic environment and under the insecurity imposed by some aggrieved citizens ”.
YAF also exhorted all Nigerians to avoid all divisive tendencies to preserve and continue to build the country given to us by the founding fathers of the nation in a peaceful and progressive atmosphere.
He stated: “Peace and righteousness do a lot of good to any group of people and nations, and we believe this should continue to tie the consciences of all Nigerians, especially as the country turns 60.
“Therefore, we should not allow unpatriotic men to destroy the good legacy and the country left to us by the founding fathers of Nigeria. We must strive to be among those superior characters to maintain the balance of power to keep our great nation at the height of a high level of civilization. Second-rate men and women must be controlled and held in check to save our beloved homeland from collapse.
“It is therefore important to remind all of us here once again that our country can only be great again if we all reorient and reason together as Nigerians and not as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba; not as Northerners or Southerners, Muslims or Christians.
“For us, as a group of patriotic citizens, we will never waver in our constant quest for a peaceful and united Nigeria.”