Amotekun: You’ve led Southwest govs well, Afenifere tells Akeredolu

• Outfit solid foundation for State Police

You've led Southwest govs wellThe Pan-Yoruba Socio-political Organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, saluted the courage of the governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, in tackling and addressing the security challenges confronting the people of the state and the Southwest region.

Leading the delegate of Afenifere group to the governor’s office on a courtesy visit, on Tuesday, the Secretary-General, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, commended the leadership of Akeredolu in bringing together the Southwest governors to tackle insecurity and making the security of lives and properties of the people a priority.

The group also commended the governor for his tenacity and bravery on the creation of Amotekun in the Southwest region, describing the creation of Amotekun as a forerunner to the state Police which Afenifere had always been advocated.

Arogbofa said “We salute your courage. We saw the Amotekun thing as a forerunner to the state police. What can any government do without security? Security of lives and property should be the priority. We commend you.

Arogbofa also commended Akeredolu for taking the step to revive ranches in the state, saying this is a reasonable step to resolve the farmers/herders crisis, noting that the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo established ranches in the region because Yoruba people were involved in the business.

“Our parents used to rear cattle. My grandfather used to rear cattle. Our great leader, Chief Awolowo also established some cattle ranches then. Let’s go back to it. You can bring it back. There is Akunnu cattle Ranch there. Let’s go back, let’s established ranches.”

Akeredolu, while speaking appreciated the foremost Yoruba organisation for acknowledging his efforts on security, stressing that the security of lives and properties is very crucial.

Akeredolu said “Thank you for noting our efforts on the security of the state. You have captured it succinctly in a way that you can’t put it better. We met with a lot of forces and it was not easy and it is still not easy.

“When you are forced into a corner where you have a security outfit without the right to carry the right arms. But we thank God that in all of Amotekun’s efforts till date, we have not suffered any casualty.

“Amotekun is going to be a forerunner for state police. We believe that our security architecture needs total restructuring. There must be a multi-level system of policing.

“This is where I believe part of the issue of restructuring lies. People who thought restructuring is about Secession are wrong. We must restructure fiscal policy. We must restructure to show true federalism.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has done a few things on restructuring more than any President. But we are still clamouring for more. Thanks for your reference to ranches. We are not going to give our land to foreigners. But ranches are important.”

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