The All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a stern warning to Nigerians planning to disrupt President Bola Tinubu’s outing at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
This United States chapter on the APC noted that any Nigerian who disrupts President Tinubu’s visit with protest will face arrest and prosecution “to the fullest extent of the legal framework.”
According to the APC, Nigerians living in US must be wary of a planned protest ahead of President Tinubu’s visit to the UN General Assembly on September 20.
President Tinubu’s proposed visit to the US has generated mixed feelings with some Nigerians in the diaspora saying they would resist his coming.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, chairman of the United States chapter of the APC, Prof. Tai Balofin, claimed that a suspended party member, Adesegun Labinjo, was allegedly masterminding the rally.
The statement reads: “It has recently come to our attention that certain individuals are planning to stage a rally during President Tinubu’s visit to the United Nations. This planned rally directly responds to a gathering planned by a suspended individual, Mr. Labinjo, who claims to be the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, on September 20, 2023.
“The repercussions of Mr Labinjo’s rally have given rise to concerns of potential disruption and chaos from the Obidients who plan to put the reputation of the president into disparage. In light of this situation, we wish to inform the public and all concerned parties that we have taken swift action to notify the appropriate authorities regarding this unnecessary and potentially disruptive plan.
“The Chairman of APC USA, Prof. Tai Balofin, has issued a stern warning to those considering disrupting any sideline events or the visit of President Tinubu. He emphasizes that any individual who violates the law will face arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the legal framework.
“We fully recognise and respect the principles of freedom of speech and association, which are fundamental to a democratic society. However, we urge all citizens to exercise these rights responsibly and in a manner that does not tarnish the reputation of our President.
“It is important to remember that the election results and legal proceedings have been settled, and it is time to accept the outcome gracefully. Another opportunity for political participation will arise in the upcoming 2027 elections, and individuals are encouraged to participate through legitimate means.”