By Dare Ojelade
The South West Security Network popularly called Amotekun has been described as a collective response of the region to the violent crimes which have been threatening the country’s existence in recent years.
This was the response of the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola to the raging debate over the legality or not of the security outfit set up by Governors of the six southwest states to protect lives and properties in their region.
In a release on Wednesday, 22 January, 2020, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola said while the debate over the security outfit is a welcome development, it would be wrong to sacrifice and politicise it on the altar of religion and ethnicity. “This will be unhealthy, dangerous and counter productive,” he said.
Oyetola also debunked claims that his state has started recruitment for the security outfit.
Citing constitutional provisions, the Osun State Governor stated that providing security for lives and properties of citizens and improvement of their welfare are direct responsibilities of the government, be it federal or state which makes the Amotekun project necessary.
“Kidnapping, rape and armed banditry have no religion and know no tribe or ethnicity.
“So, rather than constitute ourselves into opposing a project we all clamoured for in response to existential threats for which some of the governors in the region have been called out and vilified in the past, we should rally support for Amotekun by coming up with strategies to fine-tune it with a view to bridging any communication gap between the Federal Government and the South West Governors over it.
“Section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear that the security of life and property of citizens as well as their welfare is the primary purpose and responsibility of government, be it state or federal.
“The State of Osun is committed to protecting its citizens; and every reasonable and responsible Osun indigene must join our collective resolve as a government to protect our citizens and their property,” Governor Oyetola said.
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