On Wednesday, Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde asserted that Amotekun would not be under any federal establishment, but before we get to the jurisdiction and the power structure of the innovative security outfit, let us look at the purpose that this outfit is serving, is it just another political move to distinguish the regions in Nigeria or it is a security solution for some rising recent security concerns.
There has been tension caused by insecurity all over the country, though the Northern part of the country has been the most affected in recent years, the other regions of the country haven’t been left out of this tension.
There have been issues of Fulani Herdsmen and local farmer clashes in states like Ekiti and Ondo, while there have also been severe concerns of kidnapping around the South-western states.
The ceilings on the security concerns were broken sometimes around July 2019 when kidnappers killed Funke Olakunrin, daughter of prominent Afenifere leader, Fasoranti.
It was evident that something new and innovative needed to be done about the insecurity issues in the region as the efforts of the police seems insufficient in dealing with the carnage.
If someone should ask today what led to the initiation of the idea to create a sub-regional security outfit in the Southwest, it is as clear as the day that the growing insecurity in the region is why this idea became a necessity.
On the 9th of January 2020, the six governors of the six southwest states came together to launch operation Amotekun, an independent security outfit for the southwest states ready to partner with the mainstream security outfits in Nigeria to combat insecurity in the region.
Amotekun is an idea to protect, reassure and return confidence to the people of the southwest, and it is an idea that transcends politics and carries the lives and well-being of the people at heart.
The primary functions of elected leaders are the security and welfare of the people they’re elected to govern; this is a responsibility that they must fulfil to successfully lead.
There has been comment from different quarters on the power structure of Amotekun. In contrast, there has been some suggestion that the security outfit structure will be determined by the Federal Government and the Inspector-General of police, there has also been a rebuttal that the outfit will and solely be controlled by the state governments.
Politically this sounds like state police, but at the launch of the outfit, this political fear was cleared as it was stated that the security outfit and all its resources would not be used for any political purposes including election campaign and rallies.
On Wednesday, Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde asserted that Amotekun would not be under any federal establishment, he said the outfit is here to stay with the people and will be controlled by the state government. He also said that the personnel of the security outfit will be locally sourced and would be the type of people that have the in-depth knowledge of the areas, the kind of operatives that can get into places that the conventional police cannot get into.
The launch of the security outfit triggered several reactions of commentators from the other regions of the country, some of the regions even went as much as creating some replica outfit in their bid to show dissatisfaction to the southwest outfit.
The Federal Government in what could be best described as a political action through the Attorney-General of the Federation declared Amotekun illegal while saying that security remains the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government.
On the launch of the outfit, Governor Fayemi of Ekiti state clearly stated that the outfit would serve as a joint task force with the mainstream security outfit, the aim of Amotekun is not to take security out of the hands of the Federal Government but simply to provide FG with more specialised and needed a hand in fighting insecurity and securing the life of the citizens.
Finally, let me say this, different players from different regions can try as much as possible to politicise the idea of Amotekun, the truth is, there was a security vacuum in the southwest that was leading to a growing concern among the people.
The response in the form of Amotekun is an attempt to plug this security hole, securing the lives and the property of the people are the primary responsibility of the government, these six governors have a great obligation to fulfil to their people and their idea to launch Amotekun should be a welcome innovative idea that should be welcomed in every quarter.