Critics of Amotekun are enemies of South West - Gani Adams
By Georges Macnobleson and Babatunde Pratt
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, says ‘Operation Amotekun’ being launched on Thursday by the Southwest state governors, is long overdue and expected to stem the tides of insecurity.
Adams, who is also the coordinator of OPC, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with 99.3 Nigeria Info, in Lagos.
He expressed optimism that Operation Amotekun would help put an end to criminality in the region.
He said: “Don’t forget I was one of those that pushed the (governments in the region) to hold the recently concluded security summit, where the initiate, Amotekun, was taken."
Adams declared that whoever is against Operation Amotekun is an enemy of the region.
According to him, the issue of security should be of concern to everybody, no matter their differences, groups or political parties, as security of life and property ought to be their priority.
”I can tell you authoritatively that Yoruba people are happy with this initiative. Whoever criticizes Amotekun is either a sadist or a person without values. Anybody who is against this initiative is an enemy of the Southwest; and if anything untoward should happen in this region, such a person should be held responsible.“
He however explained that Amotekun should not be mistaken for the state police the region was agitating for adding that it’s just a temporary means of tackling crimes in the Southwest region.
“Amotekun is not the real state police we agitating for but it is temporary solution to some of the challenges facing our region.
“We are due for state police; we don’t need any security report to tell us that our region has been infiltrated by external criminals from the neighboring countries around us. Some external criminals have collaborators within. The president even made matter worse by giving foreigners free entry to our country. Operation Amotekun will address many issues beyond issue of Fulani herdsmen."
Adams also claimed to be in possession of some intelligence that certain forces from Chad, Libya, Mali and Niger had infiltrated the Southwest.
He lamented that security threats in the region had gone beyond kidnapping and herdsmen crises.