The South-West Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D, Comrade Kowe Odunayo, has faulted the pronouncement of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Operation Amotekun.
Odunayo said Malami’s declaration of the security outfit as illegal was inimical to peace and not in the interest of students in the South-West geopolitical zone.
He spoke at a press conference held yesterday in Abeokuta, where student leaders asked governors in the South-West not to back out of the regional security arrangement.
In opposing Operation Amotekun, the AGF had said although Nigeria is a federation of states, the Federal Government superintends over matters of national interest.
But student leaders, yesterday, condemned Malami’s position, warning him to stop playing politics with the collective and individual security of Nigerians.
They urged governors in the South-West to stand on their feet and ensure that the initiative of regional security outfit was not allowed to be killed “by some enemies of peace.”
Odunayo, who spoke on behalf of the students, advised the governors to challenge the matter in court, adding that they would receive the unflinching support of students in the zone.
He said: “It is no news that insecurity has engulfed the South-West among other regions of the country. This prompted our ever thinking South-West leaders, most especially our governors, to come up with a security architecture specially designed to safeguard the South-West.
“But we are surprised that the powers that be outside our zone are not pleased with the move. This became more evident when a Fulani/Hausa youth group spoke recently condemning our security architecture even when it has nothing to do with them.
“As much as we have paid apt attention to the wordings of the statement, we have noticed no other thing other than politics and an attempt to block the West from defending itself against attacks by the North.
“As student leaders who are also interested in the security of our students and the zone at large, we are using this medium to express our readiness to support in entirety all that Amotekun stands for because Amotekun has come to stay.”
On his part, the Ogun State Chairman of NANS, Comrade Tomiwa Bamgbose, declared that anybody opposing Operation Amotekun remains the enemy of South-West.
Bamgbose, who recalled how the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed recently, lamented the rising level of insecurity in the country.
He said: “Amotekun is something that is worth to be celebrated and supported. We want to have security that would be able to bring about peace in our region. Enough is enough.
“On this note, we want the AGF to know that whatsoever he might have said, it is not in the interest of the average man that dwell and reside in the South-West region.
“Recently, one of the daughters of Pa Reuben Fasoranti was killed by Fulani herdsmen. If we have this Amotekun in place, these are the people that will put a stop to this. We no longer have trust in the capacity of the (security) forces that defend the interest of Nigerian students in the South-West. So Amotekun is an initiative by the South-Westerners that has come to stay. So, anybody who is against Amotekun is an enemy of the South-West.”