HUNDREDS of diverse Yoruba interest groups, yesterday, in Akure, Ondo State; Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Ibadan, Oyo State; Osogbo, Osun State and Abeokuta, Ogun State, heeded the call by Yoruba World Congress, YWC, and rallied in support of Amotekun, the security outfit set up by the governments of the South-West to assist in providing security in the region.
Meanwhile, the rally was aborted in Lagos, as the Police barricaded Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, venue of the planned protest, preventing protesters from converging on the ground.
Also, South West governors yesterday, insisted that the security outfit codenamed Amotekun has come to stay while all legal means will be deployed to achieve same without affecting the oneness of the country.
his came as former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, while expressing support for Amotekun, insisted that no human power has the authority to criminalise the protection of human life, and no human ambition is worth the failure to speak in support of the people in order to remain in the good books of the oppressors of the people.
Also, indication emerged yesterday that the newly-launched Amotekun might begin operations in Oyo State this week. Vanguard was reliably informed that all logistics, including uniforms have been provided for the smooth take-off of the outfit.
Meanwhile, South West governors, yesterday, declared that the security outfit, Amotekun has come to stay, while all legal means would be deployed to achieve same without necessarily affecting the oneness of the country.
Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide in Akure, while reacting to the outburst of the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan against the S’West governors on a private television station, yesterday.
Alhassan took a swipe at the launch of Amotekun by the governors and accused them of being ethnic irredentists and irresponsible.
Akeredolu said: “The outburst of the Miyetti Allah scribe was live on national television. As usual, the issue was Amotekun. Rather than throw same stones the arrogant miscreant threw at the governors, we will rather put the blame on those internal collaborators whose parochial political pursuits have beclouded their sense of tomorrow.
“Yes, the possibility of an outburst as such can only be seen when a serving senator because of his political ambition, would rather demonise Amotekun than support the scheme.
“Is it not curious that it was shortly after a supposed Senator, whose immediate environment is the most affected by insecurity pummeled Amotekun that the Federal Attorney-General came out that same evening to issue a statement?
“These are the internal collaborators whose vested interests have sold the South-West out. However, we must emphasize that our unity and cohesion as a nation are two cherished features that we can’t afford to undermine.
“For the umpteenth time, Amotekun has come to stay and all legal means will be deployed to achieve same without necessarily affecting our oneness as a nation. Like others elsewhere, Amotekun remains complementary; it’s not a regional force,” he added.
Source: Vanguard NGR