A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, has advised governors

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, has advised governors
and leaders of South West, Nigeria, to tread
cautiously, if their agitation for power shift in
2023 is anything to go by.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday,
Gololo said, the idea of running a full-fledged
armed security outfit at the geopolitical zonal
level and refusing to allow its integration into the
planned Federal Government’s Community
Policing program, could jeopardize the chances of
the Yoruba people in clinching the presidency
come 2023.
Southwest governors had last year, launched a
seemingly community security movement across
the 6 states of the region, codenamed
‘Amotekun’.
The Federal Government kicked against having
such security network across the states and
moved to proscribe it.
The governors, however, swiftly made the bill
establishing ‘Amotekun’ passed through the
Houses of Assembly of various states.
Having passed the bill and assented to by various
governors, the security outfit was officially
launched two weeks ago in Ondo State, after the
first set of volunteers passed out from the
training.
Speaking on a Television program on Tuesday,
Senior Special Assistant to the President on
Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, said ‘Amotekun’
cannot operate outside the structures laid down
by the Nigeria Police authorities.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, while responding to
Mallam Shehu’s statement, insisted the
‘Amotekun’ would not be subsumed by the
Nigeria’s security authorities.
This statement was also corroborated by
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, while
addressing Local Government Council Chairmen,
stressing that the Federal Government would not
be allowed to control the ‘Amotekun’ structures.
But Gololo, while responding to questions,
underscored the importance of having a
community policing network, in the face of
insecurity in the country.
“But saying a particular region wants to have its
own security network outside the control of the
Federal Government is a ridicule to the essence of
national security.
“Nigeria is a sovereign state and since we still
practice federalism, it is very imperative for the
Federal Government to do all within her capacity
to keep the nation as one.
“If the leaders of South West are serious about
seeking power to return to the region in 2023,
then ‘Amotekun’ is their least worries. They should
allow the Nigeria’s security agency design the
operational modules for ‘Amotekun’ as a
community police.
“Except they are telling us that ‘Amotekun’ means
different thing from what we know. There is no
harm in allowing the Inspector-General of Police
to supervise the activities of people who are
trained to carry gun. We should work for the
interest of one Nigeria, if they have the interest of
this nation at heart and also seek to lead the
country in 2023”, Gololo added.


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