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Reject Separatists’ Petition Against Nigeria, Yoruba Forum Tells UN

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Reject Separatists’ Petition Against Nigeria, Yoruba Forum Tells UN

The Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has asked the United Nations not to allow Yoruba Nation agitators to present their petition at its 76th General Assembly which will open on September 14.

Naija News reports that the organiser of Yoruba Nation rally, Ilano Omo Oodua, had petitioned the UN in July over its demand for a separate and independent Yoruba Nation.

But in a statement on Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Adesina Animashaun, YAF said such a petition against the Nigerian government will send the wrong signal to its citizens and worsen the nation’s security challenges.

It said the seperatist group’s petition against the federal government was only part of its strategy to legitimise plans for the dissolution of the Nigerian federation.

The forum also asked the UN to disregard the antics and ”plans of the unpatriotic self-styled freedom fighters and their cohorts”.

The statement reads: “YAF will never support any plan that will destabilise the nation and will continue to preach peace and unity of Nigeria.

“These self-styled unrepentant critics of the Federal Government of Nigeria through their frequent acerbic and destructive outbursts and attacks against the government, coupled with the violence they unleash on innocent Nigerians must be stopped.

“We are aware these agitators and individuals are behind the recent violence in different parts of the South-West of Nigeria, they have a more sinister objective of destabilising the Nigerian nation for the selfish political end of those bankrolling them.

“It is very clear that the masterminds of this violence are bent on throwing Nigeria into total chaos to hasten the collapse of governments at both the state and federal levels to enable them to execute their evil plans for Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections.”

The forum asked the countries petitioned “to prevail on the UN Security Council to take careful, appropriate and urgent steps to deal decisively with these elements bent on fomenting trouble in the South-West of Nigeria and the country at large”.

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