SouthWest Governors, Traditional Rulers, and Yoruba Leaders gathered at Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, to launch the Western Nigeria Governors Forum Codenamed ‘Amotekun’.
According to the SouthWest Governors, Operation Amotekun was established to ensure zero tolerance to crime in the region, as well as to provide adequate security for the people of the six States.
Governor’s office correspondent, Olamiposi Ishola, who was at Oyo State Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, venue of the launch on Thursday, January 9, 2020, reports that Governor Seyi Makinde who is the Chief host promised that Oyo State will support Operation Amotekun for effective Security Networking and synergy.
Governor Makinde in his remark, said the collaboration on Security among South-West States would make way for further regional Integration, growth and development, as well as improving the lives of citizenry
The Chief Security Officer of Oyo State also explained that it is the priority of the State Governments to ensure that both indigenes and settlers living within the boundaries of the six South-West States carry out their legitimate activities in a secure environment
In their remarks, the Chairman of Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi; his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi; and Mr Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State who was also represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele all said Operation Amotekun is nothing but a confident building strategy towards ensuring adequate security in the South-West region.
The Governors noted that Security of lives and properties through effective Security outfit, is the primary objective of the South-West Governors.
Prominent Yoruba Leaders who spoke at the event, including the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja the first; President of Yoruba Elders’ Forum, Prof. Bamiji Akintoye and others commended the South-West Governors for taking the bold step towards strengthening the security of the region.
Over 130 vehicles were officially launched at the programme to kick start the activities of the new Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’.