A coalition of Yoruba groups, under the aegis of Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has called on its sister group, the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) to desist from any action that could turn the South West into a theatre of war in its quest to achieve its planned sessation from the rest of the country
YAF also warned the various groups claiming to be championing the cause of the Yoruba people of the South-West to stop what it described as “their subversive and unpatriotic utterances and activities or risk the wrath of its members,” vowing that it would resist all attempts by “the self-acclaimed freedom fighters in Yorubaland” to throw the zone into needless chaos, destruction and desolation.
The group, in a statement by its Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, alleged that the Prof. Banji Akintoye-led Yoruba World Congress (YWC) has been involved in certain activities that are detrimental to peace and unity and the state
It also accused the YWC and its partners of planning to unleash avoidable violence and needless destruction on the peace-loving Yoruba people in collaboration with their foreign sponsors, in their quest to achieve the violent secession of the South West from the rest of Nigeria for their own selfish interest.
YAF said that the YWC and its cohorts were only bent on bringing hardship and disaster to the peace-loving people of the South-West by their devilish plan to violently confront the rest of the Nigerian nation.
It, therefore, urged government at all levels and all security agencies “to be more informed about the divisive tendencies of these groups and nip it in the bud.”
“If it ever becomes imperative for Yorubaland to break away from the rest of Nigeria, if at all things will ever get to this level, it should be a collective decision of all Yoruba people within Nigeria and in the diaspora. It should not be a decision for a caucus of selfish individuals as represented by Akintoye’s YWC and his collaborators.
“We know the paymasters of those singing the current tune of secession in Yorubaland.
“We’ll resist with the last drop of our blood all attempts by these renegades masquerading as freedom fighters in Yorubaland to throw our motherland into needless chaos, destruction and desolation.” YAF warned