Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization has lashed out at the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu over his stance on Operation Amotekun.
Femi Okurounmu, a leader of the Afenifere group however in his reaction, described Tinubu’s comment on Amotekun as offensive.
Naija News recalls Asiwaju Tinubu on Wednesday, broke his silence on the setting up of the regional security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun by SouthWest Governors to tackle cases of insecurity in the region.
The federal government through AGF Malami Abubakar, however, proclaimed the outfit illegal.
Tinubu in his submission called for dialogue in resolving the differences arising between the governors and the federal government over the establishment of Operation Amotekun.
“Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.
“Those claiming that the Federal Government seeks to terribly suppress the Southwest have also lost their compass. Those who occupy these two extremes have sunken into the dark recesses of fear and political paranoia that can undo a nation if such sentiments are allowed to gestate,” Tinubu had said in his statement.
Reacting, Okurounmu accused Tinubu of speaking with both sides of his mouth. He said the APC National Leader was trying to remain in the good books of both the federal government and the South-West.
“Tinubu wants to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.”
“Tinubu’s statement is very offensive. To those of us who have been complaining that the Northerners, the Fulanis and the security of the Federal Government are more or less subjugating the Yorubas, Tinubu is saying that we are talking rubbish; that we are missing the point. That is offensive. It shows he cannot even identify with the sufferings of the Yoruba people.”
He further stated that neutrality can not work in issues like this and urged Tinubu to take a stand.
“In a struggle between justice and injustice, people cannot pretend to be neutral. Anybody who pretends to be neutral is supporting injustice,” the Afenifere noted.