- Pastor Tunde Bakare has thrown his weight behind Operation Amotekun
- Bakare said that the move by southwest governors is very commendable
- The cleric also said that the call for regional policing reveals that Nigerians have lost confidence in the nation's security system
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church has revealed his position on the new security initiative set up by the southwest region.
In his address on national security on Sunday, January 26, Pastor Bakare said that the move is commendable as a way towards tackling the menace of violent crimes across the nation, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The cleric said that the growing call for regional policing signals the lack of confidence from Nigerians in the existing security outfits set up by the federal government.
Bakare added that if the government pays closer attention to the low level of unemployment among youths in the country, it will not have to be bothered much by criminality among them.
The former presidential aspirant said that the arguments for and against the outfit between the north and the southwest reveal a great deal that much has been swept under the carpet for a long time.
Going further, he said: “At the commencement of another decade, the contentious constitutional question that once more beckons on us to examine the foundations of our nationhood relates to the newly instituted Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Operation Amotekun.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had finally spoken out about Amotekun.
Tinubu, in a lengthy statement clarifying his stand on the issue, said there was 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.
The politician, who called it a limited, inoffensive addition to security, wondered why those who should know more about security in the country are the ones describing it as a threat to the nation's unity.
He also took on those who argue in favour of the security outfit without even having a deeper understanding of the situation around it, but based on sentiments.
"Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions.
"Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it," Tinubu said.
The former governor said he does not see any attempt by the attorney-general to malign the governors from the southwest with his claim of Amotekun's illegality. He, however, questioned the choice of words used saying things could have been said without hurting individual egos.
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