- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has reacted to Minister Abubakar Malami's declaration that Amotekun is illegal
- Akeredolu noted that Malami's job is to interpret laws and issue advice to the government
- The governor, however, says he and his colleagues are waiting for specifics from Malami concerning his decision
The governors from the southwestern part of Nigeria are waiting for specific reasons why the attorney-general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, declared Amotekun illegal.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state made the indication known in reaction to the declaration by Malami that the security outfit is illegal.
Channels Television reports that Akeredolu, a senior lawyer in Nigeria and former national president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), noted that Malami's office is not where laws are made.
The governor further noted that Malami's job is to interpret the laws and advise the federal government.
“When he comes out with relevant portions of the law on the matter, we will consider it and respond adequately as the law stipulates," Akeredolu was quoted as saying.
He said the governors from the zone would meet soon to review Malami's position before collectively responding.
Legit.ng notes that there had been reactions from stakeholders in Nigeria over the minister's declaration on the security outfit meant exclusively for the southwest.
One of those who have spoken is Oba Enitan Adeyeye, the Ooni of Ife, who wants Nigerians to support the outfit to help reduce crime in the southwest.
He also argues that Amotekun will not take over the duties of Nigeria's security agencies.
Also, Chief Olawale Oshun, head of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), protested against the declaration by Malami.
According to Oshun, Malami should also declare Hisbah Corps, (a religious police force responsible for the enforcement of Sharia) and Civilian Joint Task Force in the northeast illegal.
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