YWC backs Akeredolu, Makinde in Amotekun
By Adesina Wahab
The Yoruba World Congress on Saturday expressed its support for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, of Ondo State and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, in the decision not to place the regional security team, Amotekun, under the control of the Inspector General. Police, saying the body should not be subjected to the police.
In a statement Saturday from the president-general, Professor Banji Akintoye, the group said the governors’ decision was heading in the right direction.
“The Yoruba World Congress, a coordinating organization of Yoruba citizens at home and abroad, met and decided the following:
“We support the position of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that the Southwest security team codenamed Amotekun will not be brought under the control of the Nigerian Police.
“Amotekun, as the governors correctly put it, is an independent security team needed because of the clear danger of murderous shepherds internationally accepted as terrorists, ruthless bandits and various criminals who have turned the Yoruba land into death camps.
“It was also the failure of the existing security architecture to deal with the threat and secure life and property in the Southwest region that sparked the outcry for Amotekun from most of our people.
Therefore, it makes no sense to put Amotekun himself under an organization that has proven incapable and inadequate to provide much-needed security in the first place.
“Putting Amotekun under the hierarchy of the Nigerian police is a ploy to weaken it and sabotage the strident clamor of the people of the Southwest for peace and security in their homeland.
“It should be noted that the entire Southwest rose as one man to demand and support Amotekun and to resist all efforts to truncate his birth.
“Thus, we see the Yoruba governors’ hands-on efforts to reduce Amotekun as a continuation of the same ploy to abort this regional security team.
“We welcome the position of Governors Akeredolu and Makinde on Amotekun’s independence and call on other Southwest governors to follow their example.
“We also call on all Yoruba sons and daughters at home and abroad to support Amotekun and speak out against the efforts or plans to quell him.
“We demand that the security of the Southwest is not compromised.
“Therefore, we ask those who intend to play Amotekun to desist from now on.”
“We have the inalienable right to the security of life and property
“Therefore, we strongly support the Governors of the Southwest in their fight to protect life and property.
“As a federation, different layers of security teams must collaborate, rather than one team trying to prevent the others from contributing their own quota.
The Nigerian constitution supports complementary security teams, as has been the case in parts of northern Nigeria.
“The central police system has failed. Community safety is an idea whose time has come.