Ibadan Youths Progressive Indigenes Association, IYPIA, have condemned the decision made by the federal government of Nigeria to declare the just established Amotekun security outfit illegal.
In a released statement signed by the association president general, Comrade Kamorudeen Mudashiru Keji and Publicity Secretary, Akindele Alabi Olore, the youth stated that the declaration made by the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami is an abuse of office.
The statement reads: “It was a shock when we heard that federal government had declared Amotekun Illegal, at first they supported the initiative as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, affirmed the commitment to community policing strategy, which indicated that Amotekun is also embraced by the leadership of the mainstream security agencies. Few days later, they got brainwashed by self centred cabals in government, all they are after is to expose Yoruba nation to attacks.
“Our leaders had told them Amotekun is a community policing response to the problem of insecurity in the south west region, now they had misconstrue the concept of Amotekun, they don’t care about the herdsmen invasion in our lands, they don’t care of how unknown gunmen kills our people on farmlands and in communities, they don’t pity helpless families who had lost love ones and bread winners to gruesome killing, kidnapping from herdsmen and gunmen, all they care to know is giving a preferential treatment to a certain region.
“In villages that surrounded Ibadans, there are random cases of missing persons and abduction, the cries reaches federal government many times nothing was done by FG.
“As relapsing of security situation in southwest turned to a serious challenge for federal government, the state governors rose, did a good job by establishing an outfit to curb the incessant menace of kidnap for ransom, harassment and invasions that is currently ravaging parts of southwest Nigeria especially along inter-town or inter-state roads.
“These governors has just exercise one of their functions, as an elected leaders, the primary responsibility, according to Section 14 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended, is the security and welfare of citizens
“We will like the Federal government and Mr. Malami to go public and justify why Civilian JTF and Hisbah are legal and Amotekun Illegal.
We want the Federal Government of Nigeria to know that Amotekun is nothing but a confidence building strategy for our people in the six states of the Southwest.