Makinde other governors at the launch of Operation Amotekun 
Makinde other governors at the launch of Operation Amotekun 

“Why We Established Operation Amotekun,” Makinde Reacts

Funsho Akinwale

Barely 24 hours after the Federal Government declared Operation Amotekun illegal, Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, stated that the security apparatus was established to complement the work of security agencies.

He further said that the security agency was set up to bridge the gaps in the security of the geopolitical zone.

Makinde, while reacting to the statement of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said his comment was misguided.

According to him, the Attorney-General is not empowered to make such a declaration.

He added that the outfit has not in any way violated the constitution, but rather it was an intervention to narrow the gaps in security in the South West.

“You don’t run a government on social media.

“If I see a letter or receive a call from the Attorney-General of the Federation saying that Amotekun is illegal, it will be a different reaction.

“For now, I have been reading on social media just like you and I have not seen anything official to that effect.

“Besides, I don’t think that in a country like Nigeria, the Attorney-General should just wake up and make his own law.

“He may interpret and advise the President about legal issues but I have not seen anything that gave his office the power to make such declaration.

“This outfit (Amotekun) is complementary to the effort of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

“In Oyo State, the government has four pillars, namely: education, health, security, and expansion of our economy through agribusiness.

“So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe we cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secure,” Makinde said.

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