The Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF) has lauded security agencies for the professional manner it handled the “Yoruba Nation” agitation Mega rally in Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that security agencies on Saturday dispersed a mega rally organised by “Yoruba Nation” secessionist agitators led by Sunday Ighogho.
The rally which was to hold at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota, Lagos, was stopped by security agencies using water and tear gas to disperse participants to avert total breakdown of law and order in the state that might lead to loss of lives and destruction of property.
In a statement in Lagos on Sunday, National Coordinator of YAF, Chief Adesina Animashaun, said the quick intervention of security outfits in Lagos state and the manner they handled the agitators were highly commendable.
“We foresaw the rally being hijacked by hoodlums if allowed to hold.
“However, we are happy that the police, DSS and other security agencies were able to handle the situation in high and commendable professional manner that stopped the situation from escalating.
“The YAF believes in project Nigeria and sustaining the peace and unity that exists in Lagos state among the various religions and tribes.
“We are grateful that our youth, many of whom do not even understand the implications of the agitation but recruited to join were not harmed nor killed in the process,” he said.
Animashaun, who sued for calm also said there was need for the youth in the state to shun being used as tools of terror in Lagos state and indeed the South West.
He also warned against what he described as alleged plans for secession alliance between agitators in the South West and groups from other regions.
“The secessionist agenda is dead on arrival. It will not thrive. Those agitating should have a rethink and refrain as the implications will be dire for them and their followers.
“Once again, we urge parents, guardians and traditional rulers to call their children, wards and domain to order,” he said. (NAN)