The governors of the south west region of Nigeria has said that there is no plan to back down on the already established Operation Amotekun in the area.
The Nation reports that the governors on Sunday, January 19, said that the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun has come to stay.
Speaking on the launch of the operation, the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, said they would not give in into the blackmail within or outside the region that the establishment of the security outfit is illegal.
Akeredolu who is the chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum said Amotekun was initiated to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies that appear to have been hampered by the absence of local intelligence gathering.
In a statement released by the Ondo state commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo, the governor said by the time the security outfit is in full operation, local information and intelligence gathering for the Police, Army and other conventional security agencies will be made easy.
The governors said they would not give in into the blackmail within or outside the region that the establishment of the security outfit is illegal.
The statement read: “The concerns expressed by individuals, agencies of government and several stakeholders are noted without bias. Where possible, the inexorable efforts of the Southwest governors will be deepened through a relentless interface.”
Also noting that the Amotekun scheme is not targeted at any non-south west ethnic group, Akeredolu said that its benefits are to be reaped by all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious placements.
“Under circumstances of the nature of Amotekun, the choices are numerous. They range from prevarication and pretence; partisanship and sycophancy as well as moderate and complimentary steps not inimical to the corporate existence of our nation, Nigeria.”
“The Southwest governors have chosen the latter. In unequivocal terms too, each of the choices has a consequence, if not consequences,” Akeredolu said.