The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , has said that the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun is not a threat to security of Nigeria as a federation.
Tinubu made his position known in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The statement read in part: “Conceptually, there is nothing wrong with Amotekun because it does not appear to insult the constitution.”
“This matter cannot be resolved on the pages of newspapers or by attributing negative motives to either side. The best way to resolve this is still for the two sides to enter into private discussions.
“Either the governors should seek an official, but private meeting with the Attorney General, or the Attorney General can initiate the contact. Since Amotekun is their initiative, the governors bear the greater onus in seeking the meeting.
“The meeting will initiate further discussion on how to resolve what appears to be a misunderstanding caused by an unfortunate lack of communication. Remedy the gap in communication and the misunderstanding will begin to disappear.”
“The fabric of the Republic has not been put at stake by Amotekun. However, that fabric could be torn by the dangerous rhetoric of those who should know better. Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.
“We are one nation, 200 million strong with 36 states and a great complex of federal authority residing in dozens of federal ministries and agencies. If everyone is allowed their democratic expression, there are bound to be disagreements. This is inherent in the federal structure.
This was the first time he was speaking on the controversial Operation Amotekun that was launched as a joint security outfit on January 9 by governors of the Southwest states comprising of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo.
But, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, declared it illegal on January 14.