- MURIC, an Islamic human rights organization, has claimed that there are plots to use Amotekun to create Oduduwa Republic
- The organisation alleged that the appointment of retired senior military men as Amotekun commanders is part of the plot to push for secession
- MURIC's director, Ishaq Akintola, said Muslims in the southwest would not be part of the proposed Oduduwa
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An Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has claimed that there is a connection between the ‘Amotekun’ security outfit and the agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic.
Amotekun is the regional security outfit created by southwest governors to complement the efforts of the Nigeria police in keeping the zone safe from criminal elements.
MURIC in a statement issued on Monday, June 1, by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, however, alleged that some people want to use the regional security initiative to create a breakaway Oduduwa Republic.
Akintola said Muslims in the southwest would not be part of the proposed Oduduwa Republic.
The MURIC's director also alleged that the plot is targeted at discriminating against southwest Muslims.
According to MURIC, the appointment of retired senior military men instead of retired police officers as Amotekun commanders portrayed the militant body language of the security outfit.
Akintola also alleged that the group which agitated for the establishment of Amotekun security outfit is the same that is clamouring for a sovereign Yoruba nation, though he did not mention the name of the group.
He also claimed the proponents of the alleged proposed secession are ready to employ both fair and foul means to achieve their agenda.
The group, however, exonerated the southwest governors from the alleged secessionist plot just as it called the governors to be wary of the alleged development.
“We call on Yoruba governors to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives. We have no reason to assume that the governors are part of the grand scheme. Our assumption is that all the governors are interested in is to secure the people of the region and their properties. MURIC is fully in support of this kind of security arrangement,” the group said.
Meanwhile, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has appointed retired Gen. Ajibola Kunle Togun as the chairman of the Oyo state Security Network, code-named Amotekun.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Moses Alao, special assistant to Makinde on print media.
He also disclosed that Col. Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka (Rtd) was appointed as the commandant of the security outfit.
Similarly, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has appointed corps commander for the Ondo state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps.
The governor's appointment of Chief Adetunji Olu Adeleye came two months after he signed the Amotekun bill into law.
Adeleye is a retired deputy commandant general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In Ekiti, Governo Kayode Fayemi has instituted a governing board that will be overseeing the operation of Ekiti Security Network Agency also codenamed Operation Amotekun.
The development was contained in a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, May 3.
According to the statement, the appointment was a giant stride towards ensuring effective take-off and efficient management of the state security outfits.
In another related report, Oyo state former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has stated that the joint southwest security outfit Amotekun will fail in every state except in Lagos.
Alao-Akala made this known while speaking on his memoirs titled: “Amazing Grace” which is expected to be launched in June, as part of activities for his 70th birthday celebration.
He noted that though the outfit is meant to take care of people's security across the region, however, it will fail because the governors did not appoint the right people to head Amotekun.
The ex-governor who faulted the decision of southwest governors to appoint retired military officers as director-general of the outfit said the regional security initiative will fail over leadership challenge.
Alao-Akala said police officers would have been suited to fill in the positions, adding that a soldier is trained to lead wars, while a police officer has better knowledge of internal security.
The former Oyo state governor who was an assistant commissioner of police went on to explain why police officers are better than ex-military personnel to head the security outfits in the other states.
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