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South-West Governors Back Tinubu On Position On Amotekun     

Funsho Akinwale

The South-West governors, on Wednesday, backed the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on his position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun.

While the governors appreciated his advisory position with a promise to further look into the matter, the Afenifere hit back on Tinubu, saying his statement lacked substance.

Tinubu in his statement was neutral compared to other Nigerians such as Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Ohanaeze Ndigbo and prominent lawyers, who lauded the initiative.

Recall, it took Tinubu some time to speak on the matter until Wednesday when he broke the silence to state his position, three weeks after the security outfit was launched in Ibadan.

The former Lagos State governor was forced to give his position on Amotekun after Afenifere chieftains, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and Senator Femi Okurounmu tackled him to talk being a leader in the region.

Tinubu in his statement blamed both the South-West governors and Malami for the controversy the matter has generated.

“The governors stated that they consulted regularly with the police and security agencies.

“This was the right thing to do. “However, their failure to include the office of the attorney general in these discussions is the fount of the current public uproar.

“This was an unfortunate omission the governors should regret and seek to remedy.

“However, the conceptual merits and positive functional aspects of Amotekun should not be tainted by this procedural defect.

“The Attorney General acted hastily in rendering a public statement that was more inaccurate than it should have been. Amotekun was never proposed as a ‘defence’ agency; the Attorney General erred in using this description,” Tinubu stated.

He added that Amotekun is a laudable initiative, but in need of some operational and conceptual modifications or else it would fail.

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