Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Gbenga Kaka, on Thursday, lauded the Amotekun initiative stating that the south-west governors have done the right thing in seeking to protect lives and property in the region.
He stated that it is the basic provision of the constitution that lives and properties must be protected; not by government alone but even your neighbour.
Kaka who disclosed this to newsmen in Abeokuta declared that no sane individual will kick against the Western Nigeria Security Network.
He said, “I don’t know of any sane individual who will say that when one is being put under danger, then he should just fold his hands and not find a way of getting succour for him or herself."
He further said, “The issue of security is not limited to armed banditry. The insecurity that we have in the country centres around armed banditry, kidnapping, food insecurity – because a hungry man is an angry man. It also centres around water insecurity; even there is insecurity on the roads. People are incurring unnecessary expenses there, their lives are put in danger of sudden death, of unnecessary wasting of money in repairing their cars. There’s even educational insecurity because the greater threat to human life is ignorance."
Although Kaka disclosed that the constitution guaranteed all tiers of government and individuals the right to protect themselves, he added that with or without the support of the police, Amotekun would function well.
He mentioned that the Yorubas used to have their security architecture before the advent of formal police “So if the constitution guarantees all tiers of government to provide all these security issues and there are lacunas in it, it is only normal for individuals, group of individuals, corporate bodies and all others to find a way of coming together individually or collectively to find a solution around it so that they can live happily."
Comparing Nigeria with other countries, the former Deputy governor noted that in other countries, they don't bother to build fences, however, in Nigeria today, the cost of building fences is even more than the cost of the main building; the implication of that we will continue to say we have shortage deficit of housing.
"He further said, “So, if I now decide to build a giant fence and put a barbed wire to secure myself and I still have somebody as a security guard to protect myself, who is that person saying that is illegal? It can never be illegal. It is the basic provision of the constitution that lives and properties must be protected; not by government alone but even your neighbour."
Also, he added that "As a responsible father, I won’t fold my hands and watch any dog, whether mad or not mad, to bite my neighbour, how should we now allow any armed bandits, no matter their support base, to come and traumatize our people. Amotekun, in a nutshell, is a welcome development,”