The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Monday, continued in his support of the Amotekun Initiative, stating that the issue of security should not be politicized as people's lives are precious.
He validated the agreement reached between the Federal Government and governors of the South-West on the Western Nigeria Security Network outfit as a welcome development.
The former factional leader of the Oodua Peoples' Congress led members of the pan-Yoruba development interest group, the Oodua Progressive Union Worldwide, on a visit to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
During the visit, he said, “Definitely, the agreement between the Federal Government and the South-West governors is a welcome development. It is for the progress of the country.”
“It is necessary for our governors to let us have our own security network, Amotekun. Life is precious. You don’t politicise the issue of security.”
He emphasized that he would perceive anyone against Amotekun in two forms: "One, he has some agenda to destroy our zone; or two, he is an agent of criminals."
He further stressed that there is no need for throwing missiles at each other in the media.
In his address, Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, praised the OPU for promoting the culture of the Yoruba all over the world.
Adams, who was in Ado Ekiti for the OPU Annual World Conference, was accompanied to the Governor’s Office by the OPU President, Mr Olawale Ayinla; culture icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu; and the Director General, Ekiti State Bureau of Arts and Culture, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre.
The governor also decried that Operation Amotekun was not a secession agenda. He said, “Amotekun is not political, it is established for the protection of our people and to stem the tide of armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal destruction of lives and property.”
Meanwhile, Adams called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to allow Operation Amotekun for the safety of Nigeria, saying, “If the South-West is safe, entire Nigeria is safe.”