A concerned group: ‘Majeobaje Movement’, as well as, local hunters and warriors Sunday urged the South West governors to leave the operations of the Amotekun personnel to a centrally-controlled Command that will not be influenced by politicians who have no political will to carry out the objectives the outfit was established for.
The group, which organised a roundtable conference in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, yesterday, brought together members of the Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Amotekun officials, vigilantes, the local warriors, local hunters, as well as, the representative of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Representative of DAWN Commission, Wole Oladeji, disclosed that some Commandants of Amotekun Corps in some states were complaining of paucity of funds from their governors to get the personnel well equipped to face their attackers.
He said: “One of the Commandants said that some governors are even funding federal security agencies more than Amotekun. Our initial concept is for our governors to procure drones for the Amotekun personnel to scan our forests and prepare for operations to attack enemies. This is not a matter of political party but what concerns all of us.”
After listening to the various stakeholders that participated from different zones of the state, who have called for a united front, non-dependence on government, and the need to have sophisticated guns which Fulani herdsmen also carry, Chief Akintayo Akindeko, the Convener of the Majeobaje Movement, expressed dissatisfaction with the way some of the governors have been handling the issue of security in the South West, saying: “I grew up in politics and I can see politics in the whole management of Amotekun. This is why we are begging our governors; we are begging our elders to leave the operation of Amotekun outside the purview of the governors. The governors have their own leaders and agenda. Yoruba land needs a united and a de-politicized Amotekun. So, we are not happy with the way it is being run and we are going to put pressure on our governors and our elders to make sure that Amotekun works as an independent unit.”