The issues steering the face of inhabitants in core areas of the southwestern part of the country where bandits, kidnappers use as routes to launch attacks on major roads in city centres and then retire to hibernate has now been taken care of, as governors that consist of the region lunches inclusive indigenous security outfit to nip onboard security challenges otherwise known as western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) and was code-named “Amotekun”
To the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi said the initiative is a “policing arrangement close to our people in their various communities.”
Meanwhile Governors, who were not present at the event, were Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and their Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola.
Justifying their absence, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu’s, explained that Abiodun and Sanwo-Olu did not attend the event because of bad weather.
“I must convey the apologies of two of our governors, his excellencies, governors Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun. They wanted to be here but the problem is associated with bad weather. That is one of the problems that are associated with governing rich states. Those of us from poor states used an alternative, like arriving in Ibadan since yesterday,” Akeredolu said.
Following serial killings and kidnapping by the Fulani herdsmen last year within the region, the South-West governors, at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria in June last year agreed to set up Operation Amotekun.
Urban Express News-online, however, gathered that some element within the presidency and the police high command are not favourable disposed to the regional outfit because of what they considered as part of restructuring agenda, the southwest has been clamouring
It was also gathered that ‘the body language’ of the Federal Government had created a division among the governors, with some of them developing cold feet.
Meanwhile, a socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday described the launch of the scheme as an indictment of the Federal Government, saying it lends credence to the notion that the country’s security architecture has failed.
According to the south-east group, the development indirectly amounts to restructuring, a position it (Ohanaeze) has always advocated. It also warned that with the existing security architecture, Nigeria would continue to face serious challenges.
Ohanaeze’s Deputy Publicity Secretary Chief Chuks Ibegbu, told some selected journalists in Enugu that what the southwest governors have done is what you have where the Federal Government has failed in its responsibilities. When you ethnicise and nepotise the security architecture in the country, and instead of going for those with capacity and capability, you are looking at other variables, then this is the kind of thing you are inviting.
“People are now resorting to self-help. It is a big indictment of the Federal Government. I commend the governors for coming together to do this. It is an anomaly because it is an invitation to self-help. It is the duty of the Federal Government to protect the life and property of every Nigerian.”