A group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), yesterday stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, to present petitions to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, House of Assembly Speaker Timothy Owoeye and other prominent indigenes of the state, in continuation of their peaceful campaigns against some persons championing the alleged secession of the Southwest and dismemberment of Nigeria.
YAF members, who have been going round states in the Southwest to draw the attention of their Yoruba kinsmen to the agitation by some groups for the alleged secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria, also petitioned the police commissioner and monarchs, including Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi;
Owa-Obokun of Ijesha land, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromalaran; Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun; and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal.
The body described the “devilish plan” by some Yoruba secessionist groups as an invitation for another civil war and faulted calls by some Yoruba leaders for the dismemberment of Nigeria and secession of the Southwest.
YAF, which opposed the alleged secession plans by some Yoruba groups, stressed that the unity of the country remained non-negotiable.
It urged the Federal Government and security agencies to nip such alleged secession plans in the bud.
YAF National Coordinator Adeshina Animashaun, who led other members during their visits to the governor, prominent indigenes of Osun State and traditional rulers, urged the six governors and other major stakeholders in the Southwest to oppose the secession move.
He said YAF was not in support of any person or groups clamouring for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria.