- Southwest catholic bishops have lent their support to Operation Amotekun
- The clerics said that since the security initiate is meant to protect everyone in the region irrespective of tribal difference, then it is a welcome one
However, the bishops in their resolutions insisted that any herdsmen in the southwest who tries to strike terror on citizens will be dealt with by the law
Amid opposition and criticism against its establishment, Operation Amotekun seems to be getting a lot of support and recommendation from different parts of Nigeria.
In fact, a group of southwest Catholic bishops from Ibadan, Ilorin, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Osogbo on Tuesday, February 4, threw their weight behind the security initiative, The Nation reports.
During a conference held Oyo state on Tuesday, the bishops dismissed claims that the outfit was set up by leaders in the region to victimise herdsmen.
Rather, they remarked that the purpose of the security network is to protect everyone in the region irrespective of tribal or ethnic peculiarity.
However, the clerics categorically insisted that herdsmen in the zone will be made to face the music of justice if they try to strike terror on innocent citizens.
The Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin said: "...if the Fulani people know that they have plans to do havoc in Yorubaland, they must be ready to face the music. But the Amotekun is not necessarily against the herdsmen at all."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest zone had hit the presidency, saying it was weak and effeminate.
The opposition party's statement is in reaction to the rising cases of insecurity across the nation. A statement by the zonal PDP chapter commended the southwest governors for coming up with Operation Amotekun.
The opposition party also called on the southwest governors to move to the next level by recruiting operatives and deploying them across the zone.
Also, as the debate on the Operation Amotekun initiative continues, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, on Thursday, January 30, made a fresh update on the new security outfit.
The governor promised that Nigeria would begin to reap reward of the Operation Amotekun very soon.
Legit.ng gathered that he made the disclosure during the opening of a three-day annual general conference of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, entitled: Enlarge the place of thy tent, at the sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Church general headquarters’ secretariat, Ashi, Orita Bashorun area of Ibadan, the capital of the state.
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