Amotekun: Between Southern Intention And Northern Mistrust
ElevateNews takes a look at the Amotekun and the real reason the Northern elites want to kill it.
Reading the comments of the former Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Balarabe Musa, one could imagine the fear of an average Northerner over the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, nicknamed “Operation Amotekun”, the Leopard.
Musa said that the Amotekun was a plot to create Oduduwa nation, calling on the Federal Government to stop it. Musa who had been a strong advocate of true federalism suddenly changed his thought and began to argue from the position of the constitution to condemn Amotekun.
He explained that the six governors of the Southwest region should have sponsored a bill on Amotekun through their Statehouse of assemblies to make it a Law before setting up the security outfit.
To him, it is illegal and unconstitutional that Amotekun was established without constitutional backing. Perhaps, Musa was right but he messed up his stance by thinking that the Amotekun is a step by Yorubas to secede.
And his position reflects the feeling of mistrust most Northern elites, including the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, have against the Yorubas.
It is becoming clearer that the fear among Northerners goes beyond the “illegality” of Amotekun but the lack of trust they have for the Yoruba ethnic nationality.
Of course, it is the Southern part of this country that is agitating for restructure to reflect true federalism. Every call by the South for restructuring has been silenced by successive administrations.
Agitation for self-governance by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has since been truncated while the group had since been declared as a terror organisation.
But unlike IPOB that was a pressure group, the Southwest created Amotekun outfit to fortify the poor security system in the country just as Hisbah was created in the North to help the poor security structure.
Instead of embracing this laudable idea, Malami and his cohorts see it as a secession plan by the Southwest region.
The recent drama over Amotekun is an indication that the Northern cabals will always prefer that this country remains unsecured than to allow anything that could threaten their domination.
It does not matter the good intention of the Southwest governors, in as much as the Amotekun may jeopardise the Fulanis’ domineering tendency in the South, the Northern cabals would fight to stop it, using the Federal might.
The war against Amotekun may get to the court but it’s going to be an abuse of judicial process in that there is nothing illegal about it.
Senior Advocates who had commented on the issue had made it clear that the Southwest governors had not done anything illegal and should not bother about Malami’s statement.
Such senior lawyers like Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Femi Falana, Are Afe Babalola (SAN) have thrown their weight behind Amotekun.
It is a war that the Northern elites want to fight because they are lacking the trust in Yoruba nation and the fear that the region, if allowed to fly with Amotekun, will make other regions to do the same.