Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has
lambasted the Federal Government of
Nigeria, noting that the country cannot have
In a statement on Thursday, Akeredolu reacted to
the video showing the Katsina security outfit
obtaining the approval to bear arms.
The governor said this followed government’s denial
of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun
Corps) to carry assault rifles despite terror attacks.
Akeredolu noted that denying Amotekun the
rights to legitimately bear arms is a
repudiation of the basis of true federalism
which we have been clamoring for.
“That Katsina was able to arm its state
security force, with the display of AK47
means we are pursuing one country, two
systems solution to the national question.
“ If the Katsina situation conferring
advantages on some, in the face of
commonly faced existential threats, it means
that our unitary policing system, which has
failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation
which must be challenged.”
The governor said Nigeria’s independence agreement
was based on a democratic arrangement to have a
federal state and devolved internal security mechanics.
We must go back to that agreement.
He added that denying Amotekun the right to bear
arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening
marauders and organized crime.
“ It is also a deliberate destruction of our
agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.
We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for
the goose, is sauce for the gander.”
The statement announced that the Ondo government,
under the doctrine of necessity, “have decided to
fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty
to the citizens of the State, by acquiring
arms to protect them”.
“ This is more so, given that the bandits have
an unchecked access to sophisticated
weapons. The State government cannot look
on while its citizens are being terrorized and
murdered with impunity. We will defend our