Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land and National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has berated Balarabe Musa, a former civilian governor of old Kaduna State, over his comment on the launch of the Western Nigerian Security Network, “Operation Amotekun”.
Naija News recalls that Musa had launched a virulent attack over the weekend on the six governors of the South West region for establishing the security outfit.
Musa had warned the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians not to allow the establishment of Amotekun to stand, but to be openly distrustful of the project, saying it was a ploy to secure Yoruba land and a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
Reacting to Musa’s comments on Amotekun, Adams stressed that the fear of the North is that the existence of Amotekun would jeorpadise their conquest agenda, stressing that the northern leaders were not for good governance, but to plan conquest agenda.
“Let me say this clearly, the emergence of Amotekun is the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of the northern oligarchy is that the existence of Amotekun might jeopardise their conquest agenda. They are not for good governance, but interested in their conquest agenda.”
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land raised some questions for Musa to answer. He asked: “The Hisbah and Civilian JTF in the North, are they plot to established Arewa Republic?
“Since criminal Fulani have been killing people in the past four years, even when they overran Falae’s farmland, have you come to pay a condolence visit to Olu Falae as your friend or made a statement of condolence to the South West?
“As a former governor in Nigeria, when did he become a spokesman for the North, that he is now addicted to condemning any good initiative from the South West? It is on record that, he is the only former governor in Nigeria, who operated a one-man show, had no aide and had no followership.”
Adams called on traditional rulers in the South-West region, states Houses of Assembly and all political leaders to throw their weight behind Operation Amotekun, insisting that it had come to reality.
The OPC national coordinator said the call became necessary for the fact that since the launch of the security outfit in the region, the crime rate had obviously reduced.
“As we can see and observe, since the launch of Amotekun few weeks ago, criminal activities are gradually going into oblivion; examples include kidnapping, invasion of farmland and other social vices. The existence of Amotekun is now the beginning of wisdom.
“I’m equally calling on South-West states Houses of Assembly to pass the initiative into law within two weeks like what had happened in some northern states on Hisbah Commission and civilian JTF in Bornu State.”
The OPC national coordinator argued that the Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami goofed to have described Amotekun as an illegal security outfit when similar security outfits such as Hisbah operate in Nassarawa, Kano and Katsina states
Adams emphasised that the minister had no moral justification to discredit Amotekun, at the expense of similar networks operational in the North, stressing that, if he found Amotekun illegal, he should also admit same for Hisbah in the North.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land advised the southwest governors not to go to court, but rather the minister should go to court and determine that Amotekun is not a legal security network, as much as he was silent on the Hisbah in the North.