• Yoruba Appraisal Forum called on the United Nations not to allow its agitators present their petition at the next General Assembly
• The call was made by the national coordinator of YAF, on Tuesday, August 3, in Lagos
• Meanwhile the 76th session of the UN General Assembly will open on September 14
Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has called on the United Nations not to allow Yoruba Nation agitators to present their petition at its 76th General Assembly.
This appeal was contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Adesina Animashaun, on Tuesday in Lagos; YAF said allowing them would escalate insecurity and tension in Nigeria, Punch reports.
The forum addressed the petition to the UN, the European Union, African Union, and other countries across the world. It said allowing such petition against the Nigerian Government would send the wrong signal to its citizens and worsen the nation’s insecurity challenges and secession agitations.
According to the News agency of Nigeria, Ilano Omo Oodua, umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, had petitioned the UN in July over its demand for a separate and independent Yoruba Nation.
Ilano Omo Oodua led by Prof. Banji Akintoye in July also endorsed a petition by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-determination, urging the Nigerian Government to conduct a referendum.
YAF, however, said that the resort of the group to present a petition against the Federal Government was only part of its strategy to legitimize plans for the dissolution of the Nigerian Federation.
YAF stated thus: “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 these 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 execute their evil plans for Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections.”
Meanwhile, the 76th session of the UN General Assembly will open on September 14.
Neglected Tropical Diseases: Poor Funding, Low Awareness Hampering Elimination, Experts Warn
In another development, Health experts in port Harcourt, have attributed poor funding, low awareness and poor water, hygiene and sanitation lifestyle among Nigerians as major factors mitigating the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
According to the experts, Nigeria is battling with 15 out of 20 NTDs listed by the World Health Organisation.
The diseases according to the experts are common in tropical and sub-tropical regions associated with poverty, lack of safe water sources, substandard housing conditions, deficient healthcare and poor sanitation.