Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said the western Nigeria security network with codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ was set up to complement the work of the security agencies and bridge the gaps in the security of the geopolitical zone.
The governor spoke against the statement from the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in which he termed the outfit as illegal.
Makinde stated that the minister’s comment was misguided, insisting that he doesn’t have the power to make such a declaration.
Makinde said this during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, that the AGF’s position was not conveyed through any official correspondence, hence, should be disregarded.
According to the governor, he said the government cannot be operated on pages of newspapers or through social media.
He stressed that Operation Amotekun has not, in any way, gone against the Constitution, but was an intervention to narrow the gaps in security in the South-West, adding that given the centrality of security to governance, the governors of the South-West designed the Operation to complement efforts of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
The Operation was designed to assist combating insecurity in the nooks and crannies of the South-West states.
Makinde said, “You don’t run a government on social media. If I see a letter or receive a call from the Attorney-General of the Federation saying that Amotekun is illegal, it will be a different reaction. For now, I have been reading on social media just like you and I have not seen anything official to that effect.”
“Besides, I don’t think that in a country like Nigeria, the Attorney-General should just wake up and make his own law. He may interpret and advise the President about legal issues but I have not seen anything that gave his office the power to make such declaration.”
“This outfit is complementary to the effort of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies. In Oyo State, the government has four pillars, namely education, health, security and expansion of our economy through agribusiness. So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe we cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secure.”