Amotekun: Tinubu’s Doctoral Thesis That Changed Everything
ElevateNews takes a look at Tinubu’s statement over Amotekun and the eventual resolution between the governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Three weeks after the noise became louder on the legality or illegality of the Western States Security Network, nicknamed, “Operation Amotekun”, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu finally spoke.
Weighty and witty, the former Governor of Lagos State picked his words as he scolded both sides of the divides.
In a statement signed by himself and made available to the media, Tinubu did not mince words to objectively point out the errors of the Southwest State governors in the formation of Amotekun while he would not spare the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami for goofing over the matter.
While Tinubu debunked the fear being nursed by many commentators across the country that Amotekun might threaten the unity of Nigeria, he recommended that a strong dialogue would settle the dust that had since been raised by those who wanted cheap popularity out of the issue.
To him, those who had been seeking his voice over the issue were only looking for the opportunity to nail him to the cross not that they really wanted a peaceful resolution of the case.
Tinubu’s statement must have hit many of his critics so hard as he refused to take side despite being a Yoruba but spoke more like a leader with confidence that Amotekun could only strengthen security towards building a strong democracy.
However, no matter how good his recommendations are, there are aspects that the governors will contest which is about them not working as a regional bloc.
Tinubu has suggested that the governors, even though they have good intention and initiative, they should drop the idea of regionalism and embrace the formation of Amotekun at the State level.
He is of the views that a neighbourhood watch formed in Lagos State under his administration could be more empowered to fortify the security of the State while other States in the region should also do the same.
While scolding Malami for rushing to release a press statement, Tinubu explained that the Minister should have sought the audience of the governors to reach a common agreement.
He described the error of Malami as human, which could happen to anybody and should be pardoned for it.
He bemoaned those who thought that the Federal Government was out to subjugate the relevance or power of the Southwest in the political scheme of the country while condemning those who thought that Amotekun would divide the country.
All the six governors of the Western States have commended Tinubu for his comment, describing it as objective analysis and something they will look at to make the necessary amendment.
Speaking on behalf of the governors, the Ondo State Governor and the Chairman of the Southwest governors, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu said that Tinubu’s statement is welcomed as it addressed the issue of Amotekun objectively.
Meanwhile, Tinubu has said that he would be meeting with the governors in due course to discuss the way forward.
From all indications, Amotekun has come to stay and it can only be killed if the court of law says so.
Not Malami can declare it illegal. Even now, the governors of all the States have been advised to enact a law that will set up Amotekun.
In their meeting with Malami on Thursday, it was resolved that Amotekun would have a legal framework through the Statehouse assembly before it begins operation.