Yoruba Kicks As Buhari - Led FG Moves Against Amotekun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Yoruba Kicks As Buhari - Led FG Moves Against Amotekun

Heritage Odih,

The Federal Government on Tuesday moved against Amotekun, a regional security outfits jointly floated by the Six Southwest  States, to combat the growing acts of banditry, robbery, kidnapping and other vices in the region.

 The FG declared Amotekun illegal but this has elicited condemnations from Afenifere and  politicians from the region.

Afenifere leaders such as Pa Rueben Fasoranti and Senator Ayo Fasanmi condemned Malami's statement as an afterthought and attempt to  rubbish a robust regional efforts to secure lives and properties amid FG failure to effectively live up to its responsibility to secure Nigerians.
Fasanmi, an Nonagenarian, said what the six governors of the Southwest have done was in order and advised the the governors to take Malami to court.

Also, foremost journalist, publisher, activist and politician, Wale Adedayo, described Malami's moves as an insult to the Yoruba race.

Adedayo recalled that Sharia law and Hisbah Police were constituted in parts of the country without the same Constitution being invoked on them, praying that Olodumare would give the Yoruba race leaders that could stand up for the people when it mattered most.

"May Olodumare raise quality leaders for the Yoruba Nation, who can stand up for their people as Ojukwu did, no matter what might come later. We need a Yoruba leader, who'll rally everyone behind Amotekun in order to protect and secure our space.

"The imposition of Sharia Law happened under a Yoruba man. It was the seed of Boko Haram. But Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo did not have the balls to declare Sharia Law illegal in a secular Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yet, he was President and Commander-in-Chief of the country's Armed Forces.

"Today, the National Leader of APC is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And, we also have Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Vice President. Yet, an Islamic Police, Hisbah, which is unknown to the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria recently arrested a Federal Law Enforcement Agent. Mum was the word from Abuja.

"It could be a state Governor, which is the best, for now, given their status as the Chief Security Officers of their states. Amotekun should be made to stay. Any Yoruba Governor, who insist on this line of action will go down in history as the best Leader since MKO Abiola was killed in the custody of Abuja.

"An Ojukwu as a State Governor today will NEVER accept this insult on our race. He will roll out the Amotekun cadres after due training. He will make sure they patrol our towns and villages and initiate laws to make them legal law enforcement agents in his state.

"Our Governors lack the political will to act on behalf of Yoruba people. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who can act right now. Of course, none of our Obas can do anything, as one of the foremost custodian of our tradition and culture has been busy desecrating his stool due to pecuniary reasons for almost two years now," Adedayo stated on his Facebook page.

Malami had in a release stated that no State Government, whether singly or in a group has the legal right and competence to establish any form of organization or agency for the defence of Nigeria or any of its constituent parts.

The release signed by Dr. Umar Jibrilu  Gwandu, Special Adviser, (Media and Public Relations) to the Attorney - General States, (Justice Abubakar Malami) :"Federal Republic of Nigeria is a sovereign entity and is governed by laws meant to sustain its corporate existence as a constitutional democracy. It is a Federation of states, but with the Federal Government  superintending over matters of national interests. The division of executive and legislative authority between the Federal and State Governments has been clearly defined by the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

"It is against the same background that matters relating to the peace,
order and good government of the Federation and in particular, the
defence of the country, are enshrined in the Exclusive Legislative
List. The Second Schedule in Item 17 deals with defence. This is a
matter that is within the exclusive operational competence of the
Federal of Government of Nigeria. No other authority at the state
level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority
over defence.

"The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is
illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.  The
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has
established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and
other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the
defence of Nigeria.

"As a consequence of this, no State Government, whether singly or in a
group has the legal right and competence to establish any form of
organization or agency for the defence of Nigeria or any of its
constituent parts.  This is sanctioned by the provision of Item 45 of
the Second Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) authorizing the Police and other Federal
government security services established by law to maintain law and order.

"The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses
associated with organization, administration and participation in
“Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.

 "Finally, it is important to put on record that the Office of the
Attorney General and Minister of Justice was not consulted on the
matter. If it had, proper information and guidance would have been
offered to ensure that Nigeria’s defence and corporate entity are
preserved at all times."

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