The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; has broken his silence over the debate of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Operation Amotekun.
Tinubu, who spoke on Wednesday, January 22; disclosed that the creation of Amotekun will not threaten the unity of the country.
Further, he launched a scathing critique of those opposed to the initiative; while stating that those on the opposing sides of arguments over the security initiative were exhibiting political paranoia.
Tinubu also suggested that the federal government’s intention and stance overthe Amotekun security outfit was misunderstood.
The APC leader called for a private dialogue between governors of the Southwest; and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami over the security initiative.
However, he cautioned those he accused of dangerous rhetorics; saying he believed they ought to know better; even as he affirmed that they could cause dangerous damage to the country.
“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”, he said.
Excerpt from the statement titled “The Public Discourse Over Amotekun”, reads:
“This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a political tug-of-war. Fierce, often unthinking rhetoric, for and against, has crossed the lips of too many Nigerians.
“Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits; but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.
“Too much energy has been spent distorting this issue instead of seeking a resolution that supports local enhancement of security while keeping the constitution intact. If this becomes the standard for how we handle disagreements then we will obscure Nigeria’s path forward with our own rubbish.
“In this matter, I do not see malign intent in the differences of opinion between the SW Governors as authors of Amotekun and the Attorney-General as the primary law enforcement officer of the Federal Government. Shorn of the overly dramatic language, what lies before us is but a step in the evolution of our federalism.
“This is an opportunity to more clearly define that federalism; but one cannot attain this better, more functional definition through overblown, emotional language. Objectivity and calmness are required.”