- A southwest group named the Aare Ona Kakanfo in council has supported the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle's call for citizens to carry arms for self-defence
- The group, which comprises traditional chiefs under the Aare Ona Kakanfo, asked the southwest governors to take a cue from the directives
- The council stated that the southwest could no longer tolerate terrorists parading themselves as bandits and kidnappers in the region, killing innocent people at will
Lagos - A southwest group, the Aare-Ona-Kakanfo-in-council, has thrown its weight behind the directive of the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle. He asked the citizens to get guns for self-defense against bandits.
The governor also asked the state commissioner of police to issue licences to qualified citizens willing to obtain guns to defend themselves.
The group, in a statement signed by the Gbonka Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gboyega Adejumo, on Tuesday, June 28, sent to legit.ng, urged the southwest governors to follow a similar step.
The traditional chiefs maintained that the southwest would henceforth not tolerate the terrorists parading themselves as bandits and kidnappers while killing people.
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"Zamfara state governor has literally opened the eyes of other governors across the country. Taking up arms in self-defence is a global practice that should be encouraged, once it is backed by the law for it to serve its purposes."
The council praised the Lagos government for its ban on Okada in some parts of the state
Aare Ona Kakanfo council urged southwest governors to allow its security to join Amotekun
In the same vein, the group urged the southwest governors to allow the southwest security stakeholders group (SSSG) to be part of Amotekun's operation for residents' safety in the region.
They posited that security is a local issue. Therefore, the best way to curb the spate of insecurity is to strengthen the security network.
The council referred to the killing of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state, on June 5, stating that if worshippers were armed, they would have defended themselves.
Terrorists Moving From Northern to Southern Nigeria Are Being Embraced, Gani Adams Tells UN, Others
Similarly, legit.ng reported that the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has written to the United Nations and other international organizations to come to Nigeria's rescue.
In his letters to the international organizations, Gani Adams said some powers that be are embracing the influx of northern terrorists into the southern part of the country.
In the letter, Adams alleged that Fulani herders were responsible for different attacks.