To make defeat of your antagonists an hobby rather than heavy task, always find reason to smile when being daunted and fight even when in traumatic position.
A week before the FG made its stand on Amotekun , I had opined on my post that Amotekun and such other arrangements are likely to encounter constitutional encumbrances simply because the Constitution as currently written, provides that the provision , establishment of military and paramilitary as well as security and defence matters are the exclusive preserve of the FG. As an advocate of defence and security sector reform , I am ready to consider any move to improve the current security deficit all over the country but for anything to be sustainable we have to consider , we must not ignore or pretend that the existing constitutional caveat is not there. Pretending that the constitutional caveat does not exist is what the promoters of Amotekun did despite the abundance of quality legal nay the best legal advice available in the south west. And then a day after the launch, one Mr Gboyega was let loose on Channelstv to defend or rationalize Amotekun and he mishandled the opportunity dispelling any benefit of doubt given to Amotekun by implying that Amotekun is simply to hunt “Others”. Having said that , on the FG/AGF Malami side I find the response a bit tardy , a caution ought to have been sounded much earlier. The Amotekun idea , even as I private individual I know was in the offing as far as second quarter 2019 when I was invited in my personal capacity to a security summit in Lagos. FG should have very much earlier expressed its opinion. Solution? Constitutional amendment and frank discussion about desirability or otherwise of regional/state police ….sneaking through the back door or disregarding constitutional provisions is not an enlightened way of handling such an issue. Care must also be taken to prevent the Gboyegas , FFK and Gani Adams being portrayed as the faces of Amotekun if the support of other parts of the country is required and for any distrust and fear to be dispelled .
Members of the South-West caucus in the Senate said they were not carried along by governors in the geopolitical zone before, during and after the inauguration of the zone’s security outfit, Operation Amotekun.
The senators also expressed concerns over the alleged shoddy handling of the project by the state chief executives. They wondered why they were not consulted for their input before the governors decided to launch the initiative. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, who is also the Chairman of the South-West caucus in the red chamber, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, told our correspondent on Monday that his colleagues were not part of the Amotekun arrangement. Boroffice said, “Personally, I read about it (Operation Amotekun) in the print media. “I am also not aware that the South-West caucus of the Senate was briefed officially. I am the Chairman, Senate South-West Caucus.” A former Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, had in an interview with our correspondent last week, urged her South-West colleagues in the nation’s parliament to support Amotekun. Olujimi, who is representing Ekiti South, called on her colleagues to forget about political party differences by rallying round the governors from the zone, to ensure the success of the security outfit.