Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has said the time has come for Nigeria to secure its people and restructure its system against the backdrop of growing insecurity in the country.
The Governor stated this on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, while presenting 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Operation Amotekun.
He maintained that if restructured, every corner of Nigeria will be impacted positively; noting that no matter who is President in Abuja, the system would run effectively in a way that will be beneficial to all and sundry.
Governor Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the Amotekun Corps, saying the Corps will play a major role in filling the lacuna in the security system.
He, however, maintained that despite the community policing initiative currently ongoing in the Country, State Governments should still push for State Police.
The Governor, who stated these at the House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, while presenting operational vehicles and motorbikes to Amotekun Corps said, though Amotekun came into operation a while ago, Oyo State has begun to feel its impact.
He promised that the State will make the welfare of the Amotekun Corps a top priority, saying: “You are a generation establishing structures for safety and security of the next generation. You are pioneers to ensure that we have a safe and secure environment so that we can expand our economy. And we will treat your welfare as top priority.”
Governor Makinde, who maintained that the need to restructure the country has become more imperative in the face of daunting security challenges, said only time will tell on which one is more desirable for Nigeria between a restructured Nigeria and a Yoruba presidency.
The Governor appreciated Chairperson of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas for releasing the funds to do things that are meaningful to the people of the State, noting that all the 351 wards in the State will feel the impact of Amotekun and that every inch of land belonging to the State will be covered by Amotekun.
He warned criminal elements operating in the State to desist from their irascible practices or get caught by the long arm of the law.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Amotekun in the State, General Kunle Togun, described Governor Makinde as the number one Amotekun in Western Nigeria, noting that in order to show that there won’t be a fire brigade approach to security, the Governor has equipped Amotekun effectively.
Similarly, the Commandant of the Amotekun Corps, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), appreciated the Governor’s gesture, describing it as a defining moment in the life of the Oyo State Security Network Agency.
He added that the vehicles will enable the Corps to discharge their duties effectively and provide them with the required mobility to respond swiftly to the distressed and facilitate access to the nooks and crannies of the State.
The Commandant promised that the Corps will put in their best efforts “to stem the tide of rising security challenges, particularly during this festive period and put to shame those working to discredit the administration.”
The handover of the vehicles and motorcycles came few days after the Governor handed over 25 vehicles to the Nigeria Police and the Operation Burst in the State to improve the security architecture ahead of the yuletide.