Nigerians call out FG for declaring Operation Amotekun illegal

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Nigerians on social media are lambasting the federal government after it announced that the launch of a Southwest security outfit, Amotekun is illegal, stating that the issue of security is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government.

The government in a statement issued by the Nation’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said the setting up of the paramilitary organisation called Amotekun was illegal and ran contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.

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He said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) had established the army, navy and air force, including the police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria.

This is coming days after Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has declared his support for the Western Nigeria Security Network, describing it as a pleasant New Year gift that shows that the yearnings of Nigerians prevailed.

In his reaction, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said the governors in the region would review the matter very soon.

“I don’t have an answer to this individually because I have not been adequately briefed on the new stand. I have just heard of that from you (newsmen) now. I will try to find out the position of the governors of the southwest states. You know I do not speak for the governors. “If what you are saying is true, there will be an appropriate reaction to it,” he said.

However, Nigerians and other civil groups have taken to social media to call out the federal government for the declaration despite that there is a similar outfit in northern region.

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Pan Yoruba socio-political organization has told southwest governors to ignore the directive of Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice declaring Operation Amotekun as illegal.

Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary while speaking to the press said Malami is not a court of law that can declare actions of elected governors as illegal.

Afenifere said by opposing the move by the governors to secure their region, Malami is tactically endorsing the killings by rampaging herdsmen in the Southwest region.

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