A socio-cultural group, Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has vowed to confront masterminds of fresh #EndSARS protest in any parts of South-West Nigeria.
YAF said it received intelligence reports that the masterminds of the fresh protests are bent on throwing Nigeria into total chaos in order to execute their evil plans.
The forum, in a statement issued on Thursday and signed by its
National Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, called on law enforcement agents to recover weapons stolen by #EndSARS protesters from police stations in October, to prevent them from unleashing mayhem in their planned second wave of protest.
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The statement titled “Enough is Enough! No more #EndSARS protests in Yorubaland, YAF will resist masterminds with our last drop of blood! Be warned!” the forum said South-West lost properties worth trillions of Naira as well as several lives, saying the protesters will henceforth be treated as enemies of Yorubaland.
The statement read: “It has come to our notice that those behind the fresh plan for a fresh #EndSARS protest have a more sinister objective of destabilising the Nigerian nation for the selfish political end of their sponsors and paymasters.
“Intelligence reports at our disposal have indicated that the masterminds of this devilish plan are bent on throwing Nigeria into total chaos to hasten the collapse of governments at both the state and Federal levels to enable them to execute their evil plans for the hapless Nigerian people.
“They are planning to take advantage of the absence of police and other security personnel in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, following the violence that attended the October #EndSARS protests, to wreck further havoc throughout the country once again.
“We’re aware that many of these so called youths and #EndSARS protesters are still in possession of the arms and ammunition they carted away when they attacked and burnt police stations and even killed policemen last October. Their continued possession of these guns has continued to embolden them in their devilish activities and their current plan for another round of #EndSARS protests so that they can have the opportunity to use these stolen weapons to perpetrate further evil, further looting and killing of more innocent people.
“This is most irresponsible and unpatriotic! The police authorities and other security agencies must act now and waste no time in mopping mop up these weapons still illegally in the hands of these hoodlums. Their sponsored action, we have discovered, is what some renegade political contractors, jobbers and rascals are planning to capitalise on under the guise of youth action to feather their own devilish political nest.
“We, therefore, urge Nigerians, government and security agencies to disregard the disguised antics and plans of these shameless and unpatriotic youths, who lack the due respect for democracy, by taking the appropriate actions against them to nip their evil plans in the bud.
“On our own part as YAF members, we won’t hesitate to mobilise all our members across Yorubalnd to confront those planning another wave of #EndSARS protests in any part of the South-West.
” Henceforth, we have declared such persons and groups persona non-grata in the entire Yoruba nation. They and their cohorts must, henceforth, not be seen anywhere in our beloved South-West homeland.
” If they refuse to take this our modest advice to desist from their devilish plans and activities in Yorubaland, they should be prepared to face sanctions and consequences as we will no longer fold our hands and allow them and their collaborators to further destroy the economic and social well-being of our people under the guise of expressing grievances against the government.
“Already, South-West has lost properties worth trillions of Naira, not to talk of invaluable human lives, due to the October 20/21, 2020 violence that followed the #EndSARS protests and can no longer afford to lose more to the unpatriotic and evil activities of hoodlums masquerading as fighting the genuine cause of the ordinary Nigerian.
“We’re still grappling with and even yet to come to terms with the unimaginable aftermath of the last October #EndSARS protests. The large scale destruction, especially in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, is still shocking to many Nigerians as it is unprecedented.
“For your information and without being unnecessarily immodest, we want to say here without mincing words that we’re fully prepared, as members of YAF, to vehemently resist the masterminds of the second wave of #EndSARS anywhere in the entire Yorubaland with the last drop of our blood!
“We urge our youths in the South-West to disregard the disguised devilish plans of the masterminds of the second round of #EndSARS protests. They are unpatriotic people without character. They do not speak for the youths of Yorubaland and Nigeria and should, therefore, be disregarded.
“Our honest advice to these renegades planning fresh #EndSARS protests in any part of Nigeria is that they should immediately retrace their steps and resist the ongoing manipulation by their sponsors and paymasters urging them to continue to thread the path of destruction.”
PlatinumPost reports that protests against brutality of the now defunct police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) degenerated into violence in several parts of the country in October , leading to the death of dozens of Nigerians and destruction of property.