AMOTEKUN: We’re behind you, YWC tell Governors

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Youth groups in Oyo State trooped out en masse to rally support for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code name Operation Amotekun, which the Federal Government has declared illegal.

The social-cultural and political organisations which includes Yoruba Reconciliation Group, Atayese, Agbekoya Solidarity Movement of Nigeria, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association, Soludero Hunters, Oodua Liberation Movement, United Self Determination People, Oodua Revolutionary Movement, Yoruba Sovereignty Defence Agenda, Iparapo Omo Oodua and Majiyage.

The protest which was amidst tight security  by Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) was restricted to the Remembrance Arcade in front of Oyo State Government House, Oke Oyinbo, Agodi, Ibadan on the grounds that if the walk was staged in other parts of Ibadan, it could be hijacked by hoodlums.

The protesters carried banners with inscriptions that include: ‘On Amotekun we stand,’ ‘No Amotekun, No Hisbah,’ ‘Who owns the land: Amotekun,’ ‘Who wants to know who owns the land! Amotekun,’ ‘Yoruba Omo Oodua!! Protect yourselves: Amotekun.’

The Chief Security Officer of Yoruba World Congress (YWC) Evangelist Kunle Adesokan, who is the coordinator of YWC in Oyo State, told journalists during an interview that the action taken was not a protest, but a solidarity rally in support of the six governors of the South West on the launch of Operation Amotekun.

His words: “We are here to tell the six governors of the South West that we are behind them on this project, Operation Amotekun. We want Governor Makinde to continue his good work. The message of the leader of YWC, Prof Banji Akintoye, is that the six governors should not reverse what they are doing on Operation Amotekun.

“We also use the medium to warn perpetrators of crimes and criminalities in Yorubaland to have a rethink. Operation Amotekun is not against any tribe, but criminals in our midst. We are against kidnapping, banditry, destruction of farmlands, raping of our girls and women, and we are against armed robbery.

“If you don’t love Amotekun, you don’t love Yoruba. If you don’t love Yoruba, you don’t love Nigeria. So, Amotekun has come to the state. Provision of security can be said to be environmental and the governors have the constitutional powers to protect the lives and property of people in their environment. Whether you are indigene or not, we are not against you. If you are doing your legitimate business, you don’t have any reason to be afraid of Amotekun.”