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.”
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,
their absence, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu’s, explained that
Abiodun and Sanwo-Olu did not attend the event because of bad weather.
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.
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.
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.”