The United States division of the All Progressives Congress has issued a cautionary statement to some individuals in Nigeria regarding an upcoming event scheduled before to President Bola Tinubu’s attendance at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20th.
Tinubu is anticipated to deliver a speech during the 78th Session of the high-level United Nations General Assembly General Debate, which is scheduled to take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
According to the list of speakers issued by the Office of the General Assembly President, he is slated to be the fifth African leader to address the gathering on the first day.
The scheduled visit of the President has elicited a range of sentiments among Nigerians residing abroad, with certain individuals expressing their intention to oppose his arrival.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Chairman of the United States branch of the APC,Professor Tai Balofin asserted that Adesegun Labinjo, a party member currently under suspension, is purportedly orchestrating the rally.
Balofin, in addition to reporting the issue to the appropriate authorities, advocated for composure and cautioned against the potential detriment to the nation’s international reputation.
The statement partly read, “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.”