In continuation of their peaceful campaigns against some persons championing secession of the Southwest and dismemberment of Nigeria, members of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum on Tuesday stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun to present petitions to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Speaker Timothy Owoeye, and other prominent indigenes of the state.
The members of the YAF, who have been going round states in the South-West to draw the attention of their Yoruba kinsmen against the alleged plan, also petitioned the Osun Commissioner of Police and prominent royal fathers, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.
YAF described the “devilish” plan by some Yoruba secessionist groups as an invitation for another civil war and faulted calls by some Yoruba leaders for the dismemberment of Nigeria and the secession of the South-West region.
The YAF, which vehemently opposed the alleged secession plans by some other Yoruba groups, stressed the unity of the country remained non-negotiable.
It urged the Federal Government and the various security agencies to nip such alleged secession plans in the bud.
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YAF National Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, who led other members during their visits to the Governor, other prominent indigenes of Osun State and royal fathers, urged the six governors and other major stakeholders in the South-West to rise to the challenge that some of Yoruba elders were about to foist on the people of the region.
Animashaun stated that YAF wanted to emphatically say that the aims and objectives of the most vociferous of these disparate groups were “patently suspect.”
“Those people by their nefarious and unpatriotic activities are bent on bringing hardship and disaster to the peace-loving people of the South West,” he said.
Animashaun stressed that YAF was not in support of any person or groups clamouring for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria.
He vowed that YAF members would not be part of any arrangement that the South-West Governors and Yoruba traditional rulers have not endorsed.
The YAF coordinator also reminded those agitating for the secession of Yoruba land from Nigeria that such an act is treasonable and punishable under the law of the country.
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