Amotekun: Yoruba groups protest against Buhari Government
The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) has explained why the body, a coalition of Yoruba groups, protested against the declaration of Amotekun as illegal by the Buhari government.
Amotekun is a security outfit initiative of the Southwest Governors.
Tagged “Amotekun Solidarity Walk”, the protest was held simultaneously in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti on Tuesday.
In Lagos, the protesters gathered at the Gani Fawhinmi park at Ojota.
Although, security operatives stormed to venue to stop the rally, the aggrieved Nigerians carried placards, chanted songs and asked the federal government to reverse its position on Amotekun.
Maxwell Adeleye, a spokesman for the group, insisted that “Governors have a right to protect and safeguard the life and Property of their people thus, Amotekun is not illegal.”
“Yoruba people across the world are in support of Amotekun Security Network because there’s no demarcation between Borno Youth Security Vanguard, Kano Hisbah, and Civilian JTF across the North East thus Amotekun has come to stay.
“Ultimately, Amotekun is not Police Force nor Army, it is an informal community security network established to help unravel the mysteries behind the consistent kidnap of Yoruba people and destruction of our farm lands.
“Amotekun is not about religion, it will protect the Christians, Muslims and Isese people in Yoruba land.
“Amotekun is not against any tribe or race, the network will protect the Hausa, Fulani, Igbo, Urobo, Igede, and everyone living and working in Yoruba land.
“For the Unity of Nigeria, Yoruba People want Amotekun. We thank our Governors and we stand by them on Amotekun.”
Recently, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said that Amotekun was not in conflict with the role of the police.
Fayemi reminded critics that Governors have a duty and responsibility, which are clearly spelt out in the constitution.
“The security and welfare of citizens are the number one job of any governor. You may define that in whichever way you want, but that is the number one job we have”, he said.
“The people within my jurisdiction are saying ‘we don’t know what you are doing, you are funding the police, you are buying vehicles, you are buying security gadgets, you are even paying allowances, yet we don’t get enough security.’ There is nothing unique in what we have done.
“I am glad with my colleagues in the North-Central. I was reading in the paper where Governor Simon Lalong was saying, “We haven’t seen the details of what they did in the South-West, but I think this is something we are working on, a similar arrangement in our own area.
“Penultimate Friday, Governor Zulum was handing over vehicles to military, police, and the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF). Please, what is Civilian JTF? I am sure you know what Civilian JTF means. Why is Civilian JTF very relevant in the North-East? They know the terrain. They know the culture. They know the people.
“This is because those who are responsible for this problem live among them. Members of Boko Haram are not from outer space, they are from Nigeria. And they live among people. Why are we denying? What we are doing is not an exception at all.”