- MURIC has advocated for the recruitment of OPC members into Operation Amotekun
- The Muslim human rights group called on southwest governors not to ignore the trained, local guards
- The group recalled that it was these security men who brought back peace in the Yoruba land when there was unrest in the region between 2000 and 2005
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on southwest governors not to ignore members of the Oduduwa People’s Congress (OPC) in the recruitment of security operatives for Operation Amotekun.
In a statement signed by MURIC's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the organisation said that governors will be doing themselves great disservice to forget the heroic efforts of the OPC in the recruitment exercise.
Akintola recalled that members of the congress were instrumental in the restoration of peace when the menace of insecurity rocked the region between 2000 and 2005.
The group in a statement argued that being that OPC members are in every ward of Yoruba land, they know all the terrain in the region which is why persons and organisations employ them as guards for night patrols.
The statement read in part:
"OPC members are in every ward in Yorubaland. They know the territory very well. They are bold. They also have experience in confronting criminal elements.
"Many communities in Yorubaland today employ OPC members as night guards. They are therefore used to night patrol and overnight duty."
Akintola went on to warn the governors that the OPC members should not be relegated and pushed aside because of their poor educational background.
"OPC members should not be pushed to the background under the excuse that they are not ‘educated’.
"We affirm that emphasis on educational qualification as a pre-requisite for recruitment into Amotekun is a product of colonial mentality. OPC provided security for the region in the past without possessing certificates."
Meanwhile, security agencies comprising of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other outfits screened 2,593 applicants for Amotekun jobs in Ekiti.
The applicants from the 16 local governments were interviewed at the Fajuyi Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti.
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