- A group, Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has condemned the formation of Operation Amotekun initiative in the southwest
- The group protested in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state, on Tuesday, over the new security initiative
- YAF claimed that politicians would hijack the security initiative to fight their perceived enemies
The coalition of Yoruba groups, under the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, on Tuesday, March 17, protested in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state, against the formation of Amotekun security initiative in the southwest.
The Nation reports that the protest came less than 24 hours after Governor Kayode Fayemi signed the bill for the establishment of Amotekun corps into law.
Legit.ng gathered that the protesting youths who were drawn from the six states in the southwest region stormed the street of Ado-Ekiti in the early hours, about 8:15 am to express their displeasure against the inherent dangers in operation Amotekun.
The newspaper reports that the protesters bore placards with various inscriptions such as 'Amotekun will turn our youths to militia group', ‘Amotekun motive, shine your eyes’, ‘Amotekun can bring a proliferation of arms', among others.
The group, wanted the Amotekun scrapped across the six states of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Lagos, Ondo and Ogun to avoid future calamity, alleging the hijack of the security outfit by some politicians.
The group said they had uncovered an alleged plot by politicians who were hell-bent on deploying Amotekun for political engagement and destabilise the southwest and ultimately the entire country, in 2023 general elections.
They noted that the entire Yoruba race would be endangered in 2023 with the existence of Amotekun, saying the dreadful Boko Haram tormenting the northwest started as a militia before transmogrifying into insurgents.
Addressing journalists at Ajilosun area where the protest was held, the group’s coordinator, Adeshina Animasaun, said the project of Amotekun was a laudable one but insisted that it has been hijacked by those nursing ambition in 2023.
Animasaun appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the country’s security architecture to prevent a resurgence of what he called ‘militia groups’ with tendencies to pose dangers to the lives of the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday, March 16, signed the southwest security initiative called Amotekun into law.
It was reported that in his warning to criminals in the state, Fayemi said that security is a priority in his government.
The governor said that Amotekun is designed to track and deal with criminals not just in the state but also in the region. He said: “Amotekun will get them and they will be prosecuted.”
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