Holds peace rally in Lagos
By Adesina Wahab
In continuation of its peaceable campaigns towards teams agitating for the secession of the South-West and dismemberment of Nigeria, the Yoruba Appraisal Discussion board, YAF, on Thursday carried out a peace rally in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, to sensitise the individuals and distinguished indigenes of the state on the hazards posed to the Nigerian nation by self-acclaimed Yoruba self-determination teams.
YAF, nevertheless, used the event of the peace rally to warning the varied teams demanding restructuring of the Nigerian Federation, warning them to not give room to unpatriotic components, who’re solely within the dismemberment of the nation to have interaction in treasonable acts geared toward throwing Nigeria into chaos and violence.
The Coalition additionally seized the chance to current petitions to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Speaker of the Lagos State Home of Meeting, Rt Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa and a few distinguished conventional rulers within the state.
YAF members, who’ve been touring states within the South-West to attract the eye of their kinsmen to the plan to chop off Yoruba race from the remainder of Nigeria, additionally petitioned the Lagos State Commissioner of Police and the Director, Division of State Service, Shangisha, Lagos.
Conventional rulers in Lagos petitioned by the Coalition embody the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Babtunde Akiolu; Alara of Ilara, Epe, Oba Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo; Aholu Menu Toyi of Badagry, Oba Babatunde Akran; Olu of Ejigbo, Oba Morufu Ojoola; Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka; and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi.
YAF additionally petitioned Oba of Ojomu Ajiran, Oba Tijani Akinloye; Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal; and Onisiwo of Tomaro and Abagboland, Oba Musiliu Adio Yusuf.
The coalition described as “devilish” alleged plans by some Yoruba secessionist teams to work for the break-up of Nigeria, warning that this might result in a second civil warfare within the nation.
YAF Nationwide Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, who led scores of different members of the group throughout their visits to the Governor’s Workplace and the Lagos State Home of Meeting in Alausa Secretariat and the royal fathers, appealed to the six governors and different main stakeholders within the South-West to rise to the problem and cease the plans by secession agitators and a few Yoruba elders backing them to trigger chaos within the area.
Director (Political), Workplace of Civil Engagement, Governor’s Workplace, Alausa, obtained YAF’s petition on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whereas one other official on the State Home of Meeting obtained a replica of the petition addressed to the Speaker, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa.
Animashaun restated that the goals and goals of essentially the most vociferous of those teams generally known as the Yoruba World Congress, which claimed to be the umbrella physique for these amorphous teams, have been “patently suspect.”
“These individuals by their nefarious and unpatriotic actions are bent on bringing hardship and catastrophe to the peace loving individuals of the South West,” he stated.
Animashaun recalled that the YWC President Normal, Prof Banji Akintoye, in a press assertion, had disclosed that the membership of the Yoruba-speaking nation of the UNPO was contained in in a letter addressed to him by the YWC coordinator for Europe by the UNPO Secretary Normal, Ralph Bunches.
“Your Excellency, the antics and physique language of the YWC are sufficient clear indications of the sinister plans by a few of these so-called Yoruba self-determination teams and their leaders like Prof. Akintoye, to guide their harmless and unsuspecting individuals to secede from Nigeria,” he stated.
The YAF coordinator famous that with Amotekun beneath the management of YWC, it was planning to maintain unprovoked assaults and intensify the provocation of different Nigerians, particularly northerners, within the pursuit of their egocentric and devilish intention of seceding and dismembering Nigeria.
Animashaun, due to this fact, burdened that YAF was not in assist of any individual or teams clamouring for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria.
He vowed that the Coalition and YAF members wouldn’t be a part of any association that the South-West state governors and Yoruba conventional rulers haven’t endorsed.
The YAF coordinator additionally reminded these agitating for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria that such act is treasonable and punishable beneath the legislation of the nation.
Spokesman of YAF, Oloketuyi Ojo, informed newsmen that the peace rally was additionally to thank Governor Sanwo-Olu and different Yoruba leaders for taking steps to avert the “evil” plans of some teams to trigger chaos on October 1.
On Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary, YAF urged all Nigerians to stay peaceable and patriotic.
In keeping with the coalition, “Let’s proceed to rejoice peace in our nation by guaranteeing that the labours of all our previous nationwide heroes, who’ve given us the liberty we’ve been having fun with in Nigeria previously 60 years, don’t go in useless.
“We should not take our independence as a right. Somewhat, we should always always attempt to play our position patriotically in an effort to make Nigeria a greater place for ourselves and generations but unborn.
“It is just when our nation progresses in every little thing in an environment of peace that the entire world could be happy with us. No nation progresses in a chaotic environment and beneath insecurity imposed by some aggrieved residents.”
YAF additionally enjoined all Nigerians to eschew all divisive tendencies in an effort to protect and proceed to construct the nation handed over to us by the nation’s founding fathers in a peaceable and progressive environment.
It said, “Peace and righteousness do a substantial amount of good to any group of individuals and nations, and this we consider ought to proceed to bind the conscience of each Nigerian, particularly because the nation clocks 60.
“We should always, due to this fact, not give any room to unpatriotic males to destroy the nice legacies and nation bequeathed to us by Nigeria’s founding fathers. We should attempt to be amongst these superior characters to carry the stability of energy to maintain our nice nation as much as a excessive normal of civilization. Second-rate women and men have to be successfully checked and saved at bay to save lots of our expensive fatherland from collapse.
“It’s, due to this fact, necessary to as soon as once more remind us all right here that our nation can solely be nice once more if all of us reorient ourselves and cause collectively as Nigerians and never as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba; not as Northerners or Southerners, Muslims or Christians.
“For us as a gaggle of patriotic residents, we’ll by no means waver in our constant pursuit of a peaceable and united Nigeria.”