Amotekun: Poking “Lion” of Bourdillon To Speak On “Leopard”
ElevateNews takes a look at Tinubu’s silence over Amotekun.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been so silent while the noise on “Amotekun” has been so loud in the Southwest region.
A chieftain of the Pan Yoruba social-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo went to the extent of attacking Tinubu for not commenting on the issue.
He said that Tinubu would never become Nigeria president as long as he lives. And despite these sensitive words from Pa Banjo, the APC leader has refused to talk.
Tinubu’s silence speaks louder about the behaviour of all cats. All dogs are lousy but cats are always quiet but more dangerous. Dogs bark to raise alarm but lions roar once in a while. Tinubu as the lion of Bourdillon is typical of a cat.
I do not want to agree that Tinubu is afraid to comment on Amotekun so as not to jeopardise his presidential ambition in 2023. He sees himself more like a national leader that should not take a side on this issue so as not to hot up the political space.
Tinubu’s role has since changed from being a government critic as a member of defunct, National Democratic Coalition, NADECO to being a governor and leader of the opposition.
Tinubu and a few others funded the removal of the military regimes in this country and ushered in a democracy, which he equally participated and has been participating.
As the only opposition governor in Southwest Nigeria between 2003 and 2007, Tinubu stood firm and won many cases against the Federal Government.
He championed the call for true federalism and never got tired in building and rebuilding political structures to actualise democracy of his dream
The present administration looks more like his baby, having formed alliance with President Muhammadu Buhari to have APC as the ruling party at the centre.
Unfortunately, those who never saw Tinubu as Yoruba leader are the one calling on him to speak for Yorubas over the creation of Amotekun.
The fact that Tinubu has not commented does not make Ametekun unacceptable anyway because during the inauguration of the Western States Security Network in Ibadan, the Foremost traditional monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who spoke on behalf of all the monarchs said that every Yoruba son and daughter is “Amotekun”.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed about the plan even though the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has declared the security outfit as illegal.
The Southwest governors had called on Malami to test the legality of Amotekun at the court not on the pages of newspapers or social media platforms.
It is necessary though that proper legislation is done to legalise Amotekun in all the six Southwest States, perhaps then, Tinubu will be able to comment.
And when he comments, the real Amotekun would have shown up either to devour or to warn the approaching prey. Tinubu must remain silent now that the opposition People Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind Amotekun.
He must not be found to be taking the same stance with the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on the issue of Amotekun. If Tinubu does, he will be losing his credibility as the national leader of APC, the ruling party.