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Tinubu Breaks Silence On Amotekun, Calls For Dialogue

Austin Papi

The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has offered his voice for the first time to the uprising of ’Amotekun’, a south-west paramilitary group.

He urged for a private discussion between the governors of the South-West and the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, over Amotekun.

Tinubu said the foundation of the country will not be affected or put at risk with the South-West regional security outfit which was endorsed by the governors of the zone in a bit to combat the insecurity in their states.

The former Lagos governor, however, noted,

”The fabric could be torn by what I will call the dangerous rhetoric of those who should know better.

“Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.

“Those claiming that the Federal Government seeks to terribly suppress the Southwest have also lost their compass. Those who occupy these two extremes have sunken into the dark recesses of fear and political paranoia that can undo a nation if such sentiments are allowed to gestate.

“Those in favour of Amotekun, Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun, They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.

“While colourful, the rhetoric has been disconcerting. How people have mishandled this matter demonstrates that we still have far to go in perfecting this democracy. Too much energy has been spent distorting this issue instead of seeking a resolution that supports local enhancement of security while keeping the constitution intact. If this becomes the standard for how we handle disagreements then we will obscure Nigeria’s path forward with our own rubbish.”

Bola Tinubu was neither in support or against the Amotekun but calls for a dialogue among those responsible for the uproar.

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