RENOWNED Ibadan businessman and Yoruba culture enthusiast, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has posited that irrespective of attempts to frustrate the functionality of Operation Amotekun established by the six-state governors of all the South Western states of Nigeria, the security network has come to stay.
Adeyemo was reacting to comments by the leader of Miyetti Kautal Allah Hore, in Bauchi State, Alhaji Sadiq Ahmed, requesting the Nigerian government to ban Operation Amotekun on the premise that lives of Nigerians are no longer secured in the South-West region of the country.
Ahmed claimed that Amotekun is a heavy threat to Nigerians while performing the jobs of protecting the lives and properties of the south-west region.
He further argued that Operation Amotekun has been stationed to destroy the businesses of northerners and also restricting them from doing their business in the south-west region.
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Adeyemo, however, described the statement as not only selfish in nature but also highly irresponsible. He noted that: “We in the south-west are renown for being accomodating and tolerant of the excesses of the northerners even in the face of provocation. So, it is so absurd to hear someone from that region describe Operation Amotekun as a threat to human lives, I still do not understand.
“The security outfit was established to protect the lives and properties of people in the south-west region irrespective of their ethnic and religious background. For somebody to say, putting together of a special security outfit to complement government’s efforts is tantamount to ruining the businesses of some set of people to me is the height of ignorance and majorly a premeditated arrangement to discourage the good intention of the brains behind Operation Amotekun.” he concluded.”
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This is contained in a press statement by Jibril Dardau, Acting General Manager (Corporate Affairs) on Friday in Lokoja.
Dardau quoted Moghalu as saying that non-adherence to the guidelines would attract sanctions.