#2023: Yoruba Appraisal Forum Urges Youths To Shun Violence

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The Yoruba Appraisal Forum has charged Nigerian youths to eschew acts capable of disintegrating the country, especially as the 2023 general elections approach.

The Forum’s National Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, disclosed this in Lagos on Wednesday.

YAF, which rejected violent agitations for the secession of Yorubaland or any other part of the country from the rest of Nigeria, also urged youths to exercise great caution and vigilance to avoid being used by people posing as ethnic champions to destabilise the country.

It added that all Nigerian youths must avoid partaking in any unpatriotic activities that could threaten the peace of the country and truncate the 2023 polls, stressing that this would have serious consequences for them as individuals and the country.

It said the youths must join hands with the authorities, register and vote for their preferred candidates at the polls without violence.

YAF also commended the nation’s security agencies, the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, traditional rulers throughout Yorubaland and Leaders of Thought in Nigeria as well as the International Community, for ensuring peace reigned supreme at all times in the South-West geo-political zone and the entire country throughout 2021.

The Forum urged all citizens to continue to tread the path of peace by cooperating with the government in its efforts to tackle the current insecurity in some parts of Nigeria.

“As Nigerians, we should all observe this special month with gratitude to Almighty God for seeing us through the year and also with pride in our dear fatherland, knowing full well that this is a significant period for the whole of Nigeria in particular and humanity in general.

“This, of course, is an auspicious time of the year and we salute all Nigerians for choosing to maintain peace despite all the threats to the nation’s security and shenanigans by various centrifugal forces operating in different parts of the country.

“May the peace and prosperity of Nigeria never cease, and may we continue to rejoice in the blessings that God has bestowed on our dear fatherland,” it said.

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