- Seyi Makinde has expressed his support for Operation Amotekun
- Makinde said that the police cannot be everywhere, that is why the initiative is necessary
- The governor also said that the outfit will be at every nook and cranny in the southwest region
Added to the several voices that have been raised for Operation Amotekun, Governor Seyi Makinde has again expressed his support for the security initiative.
This time, that is, Tuesday, January 21, Makinde said that since the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) cannot be everywhere, hence the need for the establishment of the outfit, Premium Times reports.
The Oyo state governor said that the operation will bring the presence of security officials to place and terrain which has hitherto proven difficult for the police to access.
He went on to say that with the level of insecurity in Nigeria, much needs to be done to ensure the safety of Nigerians and that Amotekun is one of the moves made towards that direction.
The governor, just as many stakeholders in the region have said, is of the opinion that Amotekun will thrive to complement the efforts of the NPF.
He said: “The idea of Amotekun is one that has come to stay. It is not one that is supposed to rival either the police or other security apparatus which are national in nature.
“All we’re trying to do is to complement their efforts. It’s a fact that the police cannot be everywhere, they cannot be in all the nooks and crannies of this state, but, we know that the national security apparatus is well stretched so we’re only trying to complement."
He further said that the rally organised by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) in support of the move proves that Nigerians are truly in favour of it.
He was referring to the rally that was participated in by members of the YWC in Lagos on Tuesday. Some policemen have kicked against the move and even sealed off the Gani Fawehinmi Park, the venue for the march.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had finally spoken out about Amotekun, the controversial security outfit created by the six governors in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
Tinubu, in a lengthy statement clarifying his stand on the issue, said there is no way Amotekun can be a threat to the unity or foundation of Nigeria.
His position, in which he called Amotekun an inoffensive addition to the security of the country was made available to Legit.ng by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman.
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