Even with the affirmed doggedness of southwest governors to go agead with Operation Amotekun, the embattled joint security outfit, the most powerful and politically influencial person in the region, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has maintained silence.
Already, the declaration of the security outfit by Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, as illegal has clearly ignited tension between the region and the federal government.
Moreover, northern groups with protests and statements have kicked against the move in the southwest, describing it as unconstitutional, even if the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye, recently said that the federal government was consulted before the outfit was established.
Tinubu, despite his ambition for the 2023 presidency, is not willing to forment any sort of trouble, because that will be bad for his political career at a time when it is about to get to its apex point.
Thus, like the master-strategist that he is, the lion of bourdillion is treading the rough and delicate path of Amotekun with all the wisdom and tact that addresssing it requires.
At this critical time, Tinubu is not willing to risk a clash between himself and the north which has been known to have opposed his bid for the most envied political position.
Even more, he knows how much a feud between himself and President Muhammadu Buhari (who has equally maintained silence on the issue) will negatively affect his chances of victory in the next presidential election.
Clearly then, Tinubu's aloofness from talks related to Amotekun has a political foundation which nothing must erode if he wants to remain a formidable force to all his opponents who will also be reaching for the same prize in 2023.
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