A group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, YAF has written a petition to the UN, EU and AU asking them to support Nigerian Security agencies in dealing with groups that are planning to cause chaos in Nigeria in the guise of Yoruba self-determination.
YAF called the attention of these international bodies to an alleged plan by a group, Ilana Omo Oodua to submit a petition against the Nigerian government to the UN General Assembly.
In a press statement signed by the YAF National coordinator, Mr. Adeshina Animashaun, the YAF asked UN to bar the group from attending the 76th UNGA.
Mr. Animashaun said the Ilana Omo Oodua group intends to undermine the Nigerian government.
“The ultimate objective of this plan by the group is to achieve nothing salutary or beneficial to the people of Nigeria but to further their evil design to undermine and bring down the country and the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, out of sheer malice over the forthcoming 2023 general elections” he said.
In the petition to the UN, the Forum urged the UN to support the Nigerian government in dealing with groups that are trying to cause division and insecurity in Nigeria by identifying international sponsors of such groups.
“Assist Nigeria Police and other security agencies to take appropriate actions against these unpatriotic elements to nip Ilana Omo Oodua’s evil plans for Nigeria in the bud, they must act now and waste no time in putting these hoodlums pretending as freedom fighters and Yoruba Nation agitators in the South-West of Nigeria in their proper places.
“If prompt action is not taken against Ilana Omo Oodua and its allies, these unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements will throw the South-West region and Nigeria into an unprecedented wave of violence under the guise of fighting and agitating for Yoruba freedom, self-determination and independence, adding that it is imperative for the international community to assist the Nigerian Federal Government to nip the burgeoning insurrection now threatening to arise from the South-West under such a smokescreen, in the bud. Sir, having another rebellion from the South-West region would be one crisis too many for a country still fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, banditry and cattle rustling in the North West and North Central areas as well the current IPOB militancy in the South-East and South-South regions of the country.”
The group added that the Yoruba nation has not had any meeting to secede from Nigeria and intends to remain a part of the Nigerian nation.
The Forum further made known its readiness to mobilise its members across the country to confront any group planning to destabilise Yorubaland under the guise of agitations for self-determination and a separate country for the Yoruba.