…Says Amotekun has come to stay
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has described as ‘illegal diktat’ the declaration of security operation of South West,Amotekun as illegal by Attorney – General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) as unacceptable and urged the Governors to ignore his declaration.
In a press statement issued this evening and signed by Yinka Odumakin,Gen CRU Iherike and two others for the group,it described the Attorney Generals declaration and action,”as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and in furtherance of the widely – held suspicion that sections of the country are deliberately being rendered vulnerable for herdsmen and other criminals by the Federal Government.”
The Southern and Middle belt leaders ask the Governors of the South West to ignore Malami and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself a court over elected governors adding,”We are not under military rule.”
“We insist that what the Governors have done is what individuals and neighborhoods can legally do to secure their lives and property.”
The Southern and middle belt leaders argued that “the right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives.”
It contended further that the “ultra vire action of the AGF has further exposed Nigeria as a country under command and control and governed by a conquest mentality.”
“We ask Malami to tell us what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal.” It added.
The southern leaders ask the attorney general to tell Nigerians ,”what makes Civilian JTF legal in the North East where there is war and in Zamfara and Kastina and Kano where there is no war, while Amotekun is his only illegal take.”
In conclusion,the leadets said the present development,” is a defining moment to decide if we are under segregation and different laws in the country.”