By Jude Opara, Abuja
Apparently worried by the alleged plot by some secessionist Yoruba groups, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has written a petition to the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola to use his good offices to save the region from imminent doom.
Leader of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), Adeshina Animashaun in the petition made available to DAILY ASSET said the self determination groups championed by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), have lately increased the tempo of their unpatriotic activities in the media by masquerading as championing the cause of the Yoruba people of the South-West of Nigeria.
Animashaun further described their activities as nothing but pure treason adding that time has come for the government to rise up against them before things got out of hand.
According to him, it was now very clear that the ultimate objective of the YWC and other such groups was to cause violence and secession, a situation he warned will bring hardship and disaster to the people of the South-West.
“In fact, the recent subversive activities of the YWC and its cohorts underscore the need for government and the security agencies to be more informed about the divisive tendencies of these groups and nip it in the bud.The YWC, which is the arrowhead of these ignominious groups is, through and through, an organisation working for the dismemberment of the Nigerian nation.
“Your Excellency, recall that in April this year, this Yoruba irredentist organisation, committed an act of treasonable felony against the Nigerian nation by announcing that the Yoruba ethnic stock of Nigeria had been accepted as the 45th member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO).”
The YWC shamelessly added that the development was “a very important step in the collective quest of well-meaning Yoruba people to achieve the goal of dignity and self-determination.” What an imprudent action!”
Animashaun equally accused the leader of YWC, Prof. Banji Akintoye of going ahead to register the Yoruba nation as the 45th member of the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization (UNPO), warning that such desperation must not be allowed to fester.
“Akintoye had added that with the latest development, the Yoruba nation, just like the Catalonian people of Spain, can put forth their organs of representation such as people’s parliament and an indigenous people’s government “with a flag as our symbol.
“The Yoruba Apprisal Forum wants to state emphatically that this is nothing short of treason against the Nigerian state!” he said.
He equally accused the YWC of plotting to infiltrate the newly formed Yoruba security outfit, Amotekun with the intent of using them to forment trouble.
“In fact, the infiltration and hijacking of the Amotekun security outfit by these selfish group and persons is one of their plans to use the South West security apparatus to achieve their devilish aim of seceding and dismembering Nigeria.
“And with Amotekun under their control, they plan to sustain unprovoked attacks and intensify the provocation of other Nigerians, especially Northerners, in the pursuit of their selfish and devilish agenda to cause the disintegration of the country.
“In a nutshell, Amotekun, for them, is nothing but the armed wing of the YWC and other Yoruba separatist organisations planning secession of the South West from the rest of Nigeria.”
Animashaun equally warned Yoruba youths not to be deceived any longer by the claims and lies usually told them by these self-serving leaders and groups.