Some youths from the six states in the South-West on Monday took to the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital to protest against the creation of Operation Amotekun.
The youths under the banner of Yoruba Appraisal Forum called for the regional security outfit to be scrapped across the six states to avoid future calamity.
The group revealed that they have uncovered an alleged plot to use the security outfit to destabilize the South-West and the entire country in 2023.
They further stated that politicians will hijack the network for their selfish aim in 2023 general elections.
Some of the placards they flaunted read: ‘Amotekun Will Turn our Youths to Militia Group”, ‘Amotekun Motive, Shine Your Eyes’, ‘Amotekun Can Bring Proliferation of Arms’, among others.
The coordinator of the group, Adeshina Animasaun, while speaking with newsmen stated that the project was a good step but insisted that it will be hijacked by political ambitions.
Animasaun called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country’s security architecture to prevent the resurgence of what he referred to as militia groups.
“We call on President Buhari to use his good office to call the Southwest Governors to order by prevailing on them not to sign the Amotekun bills into laws yet until proper checks about such security are done”.
The group faulted the hurried manners at which the governors conducted the public hearings leading to the formation of Amotekun, saying: “it ought to have been done senatorially, rather than bringing few people to the state capitals to contribute in a programme that lasted for 30 minutes”
“The Southwest governors should be dissuaded from innocently equipping and funding a security outfit that some unscrupulous and wicked individuals have planned to use against the same people the governors have sworn to protect.”
“The governors should be made to realize that they should not allow themselves to be railroaded into taking an action they will regret later.”
“The nation’s security agencies like police National Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Agency, Department of State Services (DSS) need to profile the current promoters of Amotekun security outfit with a view to ascertaining its real membership and their original intention”