- Amotekun is an idea that need not be frustrated, says Shettima Yerima, president of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF)
- Yerima wants governors in the north to begin to think like their counterparts in the southwest in relation to the security outfit
- Yerima further wants the government at the centre to rally round Amotekun and work with the initiators for its success
Amotekun, the southwest's security outfit that has generated different reactions across the country has gained the support of Shettima Yerima, head of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF).
Rather than criticise the initiative of the governors in the zone, Yerima is urging their northern counterparts to begin to consider replicating Amotekun in their own region, which is heavily bedevilled by kidnappings, banditry and other forms of crime.
Yerima called the initiative a noble one, especially considering the rate of crime across the country currently.
He urged the federal government to end the controversy surrounding the creation of the group and tagging it illegal.
According to him, the government at the centre should provide the opportunity to liaise with the governors to ensure that the idea succeeds.
Yerima, who described himself as a strong supporter of devolution of policing to the community level added: "I believe that Amotekun is a right step in the right direction which should be supported by all well-meaning Nigerians."
He stated further: “As far as I am concerned the north should get ready to start its own version of Amotekun in order to be able to tackle the rising wave of insecurity in the region. It is only when one is alive that there could be governance."
Legit.ng reports that Yerima's position came at the same time the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, declared his support for the security outfit and argued that it does not threaten Nigeria's unity as feared by a section of the country.
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