- The federal government's position that Amotekun is illegal has again attracted criticism
- The opposition came from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
- NANS said that the joint security outfit has come to stay and as such, governors in the southwest region should continue with the establishment
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said that the federal government's alleged move to shut down Amotekun will fail, because, according to the group, the security outfit has come to stay.
NANS said that the move by the federal government will continuously expose residents and students in the region to attacks by criminals, The Nation reports.
Kowe Odunayo, the southwest co-ordinator of NANS, said: ”It is no news that insecurity has engulfed the southwest among other regions of the country. This prompted our ever thinking southwest leaders most especially our governors to come up with a security architecture specially designed to safeguard the southwest.
“But it became mouth-watering surprise for us when we heard that the powers that be outside our zone are not pleased with the move."
Odunayo said that the position of the federal government is rather political, adding that it is an attempt to prevent the southwest from defending itself from violence.
He, therefore, called on governors in the region to stand firm and go ahead with the operation of the joint security outfit.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that apparently dissatisfied with the statement made by the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, over the establishment of Operation Amotekun Initiative, the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has reacted.
Soyinka declared that the establishment of Operation Amotekun by southwest governors had come to stay irrespective of its legality.
Legit.ng gathered that Soyinka said the supplementary security outfit launched in Ibadan on Thursday, January 9, came up as a result of series of meetings by the leaders of the region to curb insecurity issues that the existing security bodies have not been able to put an end to.
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