Yoruba elders are planning to raise tensions and create fears among Nigerians with a view to destabilize the country, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said.
The elders made this allegation yesterday, in a letter addressed to the United Nations, (UN). NEF spokesman Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who signed the letter said the latest communication by the Yoruba Council of Elders, (YCE), to the UN is ‘a lamentable desperation by the group to undermine Nigeria’s security and integrity’.
The NEF letter said “it is more regrettable that it is the handiwork of so-called elders who should forfeit all rights to that honour,” adding that the country was facing imminent threats from persons, who were also lobbying the international community, to create violence in the country.”
The Forum said certain narratives and threats by some Nigerians and elected officials were raising fears and passions that could make it easy to break more laws of the land and pitch citizens against each other. The letter said efforts are on-going to create many sources of falsehood in videos and other inflammatory materials in the media clearly targeted at inciting people to act violently against each other.