Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, on Sunday, warned that the on-going discourse on the issue of ‘Operation Amotekun’ must not be misguided.
He added that the discourse on the newly launched security outfit should not be used to ventilate personal or group views aimed at oiling primordial sentiments and grievances.
Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, clarified the notion of Operation Amotekun.
He noted that the outfit is neither a regional army nor one established to carry out unwholesome ethnic objectives which may undermine national cohesion.
“Amotekun, when fully operational, would serve the purposes of local information and intelligence gathering for processing and usage by the conventional security agencies. Amotekun is, therefore, supportive and not a replacement for the nation’s security agencies," Akeredolu said.
He stressed that "Ethnicing the current situation is even more unhelpful. There should be no reason for such."
The Ondo State governor stressed that “This is more so that the Amotekun scheme is not targeted at any non-Southwest ethnic group just as its benefits are to be reaped by all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious placements.”
Meanwhile, he expressed confidence that the South-West governors will not capitulate to blackmail either from within or outside the region, insisting that the governors were ready “to pursue the Amotekun security scheme through all permissible political and legal means.”