Major headlines of key Nigerian newspapers for Monday, February 10, revolves on reasons a socio-cultural group in the north, Miyetti Allah, is rejecting the recently established security network in the southwest, Amotekun.
Vanguard reports that Miyetti Allah has said that it is against Amotekun because it is allegedly aimed at victimising northerners in the region.
Speaking on the alleged intention of the outfit, the leader of the group in Bauchi state, Alhaji Sadiq, said that the security initiative will be shortlived because it is regional, and has no backing from the Nigerian constitution.
The Guardian reports that leaders and stakeholders in the north have come out to say that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians in the aspect of security.
The position was sponsored on Sunday, February 9, by top members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF). The group's leader, Ango Abdullahi, said that the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria currently calls for drastic measure with a high sense of responsibility.
This Day reports that northern governors have kicked against the establishment of the new security outfit in the region called Shege Ka Fasa.
One of their reasons for rejecting the move is that the name given to the initiative is, according to the governors, derogatory.
Punch reports that southwest governors are making moves to secure federal government's licence for arms possession by prospective officers of Amotekun.
Governors in the region apart from making moves to write to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adam for the licence, they are also on plans to provide legal backing for the operation of the outfit.
Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) in Ondo, Kola Olawoye, said that each of the six states will apply to the IGP for the licence.
The Nation reports that the NEF has said that ahead of the 2023 presidential election, it will only support a candidate who has the interest of people of the region at heart.
Abdullahi said that the forum will not allow any political schemer to make the region prone to exploitation.
He said that northerners will be very careful in choosing only persons who will completely represent their interest.
Moreover, he said that no politician should expect the north's support without understanding its problems and aspirations.
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