Coalition under the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, YAF Tuesday raised alarm over an alleged plot by an unnamed former Nigerian president, some clerics and politicians to undermine the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
YAF also alleged that the former president, whom it did not name, and members of his group were promoting agitations in the South West in pursuit of this agenda.
The Forum further alleged that the group had concluded plans to hold a meeting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, June 10, 2021 “to fine-tune the strategy for the alleged plot.
YAF stated these on Tuesday during a motorcade it organised in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in continuation of its sensitisation of the people of the South-West to the alleged evil plans by some individuals and groups to launch attacks on security agents and formations in the South-West.
The Forum, therefore, urged Nigerians, government and security agencies to immediately take appropriate actions against the members of his group “to nip their evil plans in the bud.”
It urged the Federal Government and the security agencies to ensure that the planned meeting by members of his group scheduled to hold in Abuja on Thursday “and even any other day, must never be allowed to hold!”
The motorcade, led by hundreds of okada riders and people dancing to music provided by a live band, went round Abeokuta and other parts of the state to distribute handbills and leaflets calling on the people of the South-West not to fall for the deception by those claiming to be championing Yoruba self-determination and independence, eschew violence, live in peace with other residents of their states and expose troublemakers in their midst.
The Forum’s National Coordinator, Adesina Animashaun, who led hundreds of other YAF members and residents during the motorcade, used the occasion to raise the alarm of the alleged plot by the former president and his group to destabilise and bring down the President Buhari-led government.
He said, “It has come to YAF’s notice that a disgruntled former leader of this country and other politicians, working in collaboration with their allies in other parts of the world, have begun some clandestine meetings in one of the South-West states, with the ultimate objective of undermining and bringing down the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, out of sheer malice.
“YAF has identified these disgruntled leaders, particularly northern clerics and some politicians in the South-West and other parts of the country as the core and nucleus of these group of unpatriotic leaders plotting against President Buhari.
“YAF makes bold to tell all Nigerians that this group of disgruntled leaders has concluded plans to hold a meeting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, June 10, 2021 to finetune the strategy for their plot.
Animashaun, therefore, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the service chiefs, the inspector general of police and other major stakeholders in Nigeria to rise to the challenge and stop the alleged plan by this group of unpatriotic Nigerians to destroy the incumbent administration and cause an unprecedented chaos in the country.
YAF enjoined the country’s various security agencies, including the military, police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to activate their machineries against “these unpatriotic elements” masquerading as past leaders and clerics intervening in the current situation in the country, before they realised “their evil agenda.”
The Forum further threatened to mobilise its members across Yorubaland and the country to “confront these unpatriotic former leaders, if they fail to desist from their nefarious plans to destabilise the country.”
YAF, however, also disclosed that it had already sent petitions on the alleged plan by some groups and individuals to cause violence and chaos in the South-West to President Muhammadu Buhari; Governors of the six South-West states, Senate President, Ahmad Lawal; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; Speakers of the six South-West states’ Houses of Assembly, the Service Chiefs, National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ministers of Police Affairs, Interior, Defence and Information & National Orientation.
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