he Senior Special Assistant to the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola on Strategic Communication, Mr. Charles Adeyemi yesterday described as a blatant lie the rumour going round some quarters that his principal was not in total support of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed operation Amotekun.
Adeyemi in a statement in Osogbo at the weekend frowned at those pointing accusing fingers at the governor and alleged that Oyetola was not in support of the security outfit despite his presence at the joint inauguration in Ibadan.
However, the Governor’s Aide maintained that, his principal’s support for the security outfit is at all times and charged members of the public to disregard those spreading lies that Oyetola has backed out of the programme.
He contended: “Oyetola had canvassed the need for community policing which includes involving locals in the operations.
“As a matter of fact, he (Oyetola) has once advised the Inspector General of Police to domesticate policing so that police officers who left their ethnic zone to work in other zones will not have problems identifying criminals. An Igbo man working in the North will need people on ground who understands their terrain, that’s the reason for civilian JTF and that’s the reason for Amotekun.
“Earlier, Osun has been engaging stakeholders and people at the grassroots on security; a security summit was organised even before the joint security idea of south western governors came to the fore. It is mischievous for anyone to say Governor Oyetola is not in support of Amotekun.
“It is also instructive to sensitize our people, that the two governors of Ekiti and Ondo States are the leaders of Nigeria Governors forum and Southwestern Governors Forum, respectively and are spokespersons for their colleagues. Even though all the governors have spoken concerning the matter.
“What is necessary now is for the entire people of goodwill especially Yoruba people to rally round our Southwest Governors to achieve this idea fully and rid Yoruba land of banditry, terrorism and possible invasion of criminality,” Adeyemi added.