The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has on Tuesday, declared that the recently launched Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as ’Amotekun’ has come to stay in Nigeria.
According to report, the six Governors from the six states in the South-West region had two weeks ago, inaugurated a new security outfit named ”Amotekun” with a primary motive of complementing the efforts of the already existing security agencies in the country.
Several opinions have been hurled by individuals, groups and organizations on the legality of the new security outfit. However, groups like Miyetti-Allah from the northern region have opposed the Operation Amotekun.
However, Makinde, who hosted the launch of the new security outfit in Ibadan, said that the new security outfit has come to stay.
Governor Makinde, who made this known while addressing some groups under the umbrella of the Yoruba Worldwide Congress (YWC) on Tuesday, said that the security outfit was created to complement the effort of the existing security agencies.
He added that Amotekun is not aiming against some individuals as incorrectly assumed by naysayers.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, had this to say;
“The idea of Amotekun is one that has come to stay. It is not one that’s supposed to rival either the police or other security apparatus which are national in nature.
“All we’re trying to do is to complement their efforts. It’s a fact that the police cannot be everywhere, they can’t be in all the nooks and crannies of this State but we know that the national security apparatus is well stretched so we’re only trying to complement.
“But it’s an idea that has come to stay because we have security challenges in this part of the world and in order that we can address them and complement the efforts of the police, this is an idea that has come to stay.
“I am sure the commitment that the governors have demonstrated is just the beginning.
“The demonstrations will demonstrate further commitment to this idea. So, people can buff and puff, nothing is going to change, the idea has definitely come to stay”.