- The Buhari administration has come under heavy criticism from Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu
- Akeredolu lambasted the FG for its hypocrisy in allowing Katsina security to bear arms while refusing to allow Amotekun
- Going further, the governor declared that the state would purchase arms for its security outfit immediately
In a scathing press release, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo lambasted the federal government over its selected application of law and order.
The governor pointed out that the FG opposed the proposed use of arms by the Western Nigeria Security Network(Amotekun Corps) while allowing its equivalent in Katsina State to bear weapons.
According to the governor, the denial of the right of Amotekun to bear arm to protect the people of the state violated the tenets of federalism.
In a press release made available to Legit.ng by Richard Olatunde, chief press secretary to the governor, equity and justice are required in federal government’s relationship with all the component units.
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The statement read in part:
”The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms is fraught with great dangers.
“Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism which we have been clamoring for.
“That Katsina was able to arm its state security force with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems.
” If the Katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.”
Going further, Akeredolu added:
”The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics.
“We must go back to that agreement. Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also a deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.
“We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government under the doctrine of necessity have decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to the citizens of the State, by acquiring arms to protect them. This is more so, given that the bandits have an unchecked access to sophisticated weapons.
“The state government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorised and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.”
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Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state as the Zonal Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in the southwest.
The appointment of Akeredolu who is also the chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum was disclosed in a statement made available to journalists by the chief press secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, on Monday, September 19.
The letter reads in part:
“By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Zonal Campaign Cordinator (South West) of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council."