As controversy rages over the formation of a security outfit by the six state governors of the South-West geo-political zone, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that the group would complement the efforts of the police to secure lives and property in the region.
The former governor of Lagos state in a lengthy statement clarifying his stand on the issue said there is no way the security outfit known as Amotekun can be a threat to the unity or foundation of Nigeria.
His position, in which he called Amotekun an inoffensive addition to the security of the country, was made available to journalists by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman.
The politician, who called it “a limited, inoffensive addition to security,” wondered why those who should know more about security in the country are the ones describing it as a threat to the nation’s unity.
He also took on those who argue in favour of the security outfit without even having a deeper understanding of the situation around it, but based on sentiments.
“Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions.
“Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it,” Tinubu said.
The former governor said he does not see any attempt by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to malign the governors from the southwest with his claim of Amotekun’s illegality.
He, however, questioned the choice of words used saying things could have been said without hurting individual egos.