- The Operation Amotekun initiative has been criticised by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB)
- The former Nigerian military ruler said the initiative is not sustainable
- According to IBB, the governors may not be able to foot the needed expenses for this new security outfit on the long run
A former military ruler of Nigeria, Ibrahim Babangida, has faulted the recent setting up of the southwest regional security initiative, Amotekun.
According to the former military ruler, the initiative is not sustainable. He commended the initiative but faulted its sustainability.
Babangida said the governors may not be able to foot the needed expenses for this new security outfit on the long run.
“They must equip them, you must pay them salaries. You must give them all the welfare they need. That is going to be a problem for the states. Where will they get the money to foot those bills?
“If they have succeeded in convincing the federal government to put out some part of the revenue for the purposes of that, I can understand that, but if they take it on themselves, it is going to be a problem,” he disclosed on Channels Television.
Going further, he described the initiative as an “overstretch of security functions” and suggested the revitalisation of the existing security forces in the country.
“What we need to do is to have a closer look. We have a lot of security outfits; we have the army, the mobile police, the National Defence security, we have a whole load of them. I think they should be assigned specific responsibilities to lessen the financial burden this initiative would cost the government of the states in the long run,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Professor Wole Soyinka had declared his support for the establishment of ‘Amotekun’ of Amotekun by the southwest governors.
The respected Nobel Laureate described it as a pleasant New Year gift. He added that it has shown that the yearnings of Nigerians prevailed.
Soyinka said this while addressing some elder statesmen and prominent Nigerians at an event held on Monday, January 13, at the Muson Centre in Lagos.
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