A coalition under the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), on Thursday, urged the youths not to allow themselves to be used by some aggrieved persons and groups to instigate violence and cause troubles in the country under the guise of protesting against perceived grievances.
YAF also kicked against the planned ‘lockdown or sit-at-home by some Yoruba groups scheduled to commence from Monday in solidarity with the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB)’s sit-at-home action in the South-East.
YAF warned that such planned protests and lockdown were aimed at bringing down the country and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It stressed that both
illegal, criminal and unpatriotic actions should be ignored by youths and all Nigerians as they were allegedly meant to loot, steal, destroy and kill innocent citizens, particularly those of other ethnic stocks.
YAF National Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, gave this warning at a briefing in Lagos to mark the 61st Independence Day anniversary celebrations.
Animashaun, who was flanked by hundreds of members of the Forum and other concerned citizens, stated that youths should be cautious and vigilant to avoid unknowingly aiding or participating in violent activities under the aegis of unpatriotic groups and individuals claiming to be championing their rights to protest and agitate for Nigeria’s dismemberment.
Brandishing some placards, the Forum members also distributed handbills and leaflets urging the people of the South-West and all Nigerians not to be deceived by the antics of those claiming to be fighting their cause.
Some of the inscriptions on the YAF placards enjoined Nigerian youths to eschew violence, live in peace with other residents of their states and report suspected troublemakers to the nearest security agency.
YAF warned that partaking in such nefarious activities, willingly or unwillingly, could have serious consequences for them as they could be unknowingly aiding terrorism under a different guise cloaked as patriotic activities.
The Forum, therefore, urged youths and citizens to go joyfully celebrate the nation’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday, October 1 and go about their normal business from Monday, October 4, 2021 by refusing to partake in any disruptive and destructive sit-at-home declared by “unpatriotic groups” in the South-West.
It also enjoined all well-meaning youths to join hands and rise against terrorism and agitation for secession by groups or individuals, especially in the South-West, masquerading to cause chaos and endanger the lives and property of people of the region and indeed Nigeria.