The Yoruba central cultural organization, Afenifere has condemned a statement credited to the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the proposed Southwest security network, known as Amotekun.
In a statement today, January 22, Afenifere said: “Asiwaju’s statement is a pile of waffle, a dubious exercise in self-seeking sophistry and equivocation.”
The statement, which was signed by Afenifere’s National Organising Secretary, Kole Omololu, accused Tinubu of playing “political neutrality” at the detriment of security and unity of Yorubas in the South-West.
Afenifere said that it expected the APC national leader to be categorical in his statement by condemning the position of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who had earlier declared Operation Amotekun illegal, and lacking constitutional backing.
Afenifere said: “His Excellency, Asiwaju’s statement is what is called political correctness. Leaders should talk boldly on a precarious situation.
“Asiwaju refused to comment on other para-military forces like Hisbah and civilian JTF in the north.
“He did not read between the lines that the AGF’s statement is that of panic. Panic in the sense that the Amotekun phenomena unify the Yoruba Nation, regardless of political affiliations.
“It has the total and absolute support of all the children of Oduduwa and also other nationalities apart from the Fulanis.
“It is a unity that is dangerous for a government that is nepotic and whose agenda on true federalism is not clear.
“The Yoruba Nation is an utterly and incredibly resilient one. We are focused and not dissuaded by any statement by one million Bola Ahmed Tinubu when we know we are just and sincere.”
Tinubu had earlier in the day, issued a press statement detailing his views on Amotekun, days after coming under intense criticism for failing to speak on the matter.
In the statement, the former governor of Lagos State called for dialogue to resolve the issue, even as he said that regional security network cannot jeopardize national security.
Source: The Punch.